When is Dahi Handi (दही हांडी) in 2016
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If yes, you have come to the right place. Dahi Handi (दही हांडी) in 2016 will be observed on Thursday, 25th August.
As per Hindu calendar, Dahi Handi (दही हांडी) is celebrated on eighth day of Krishna Paksh (ashtami) of Bhaadra month.
Dahi Handi (दही हांडी) is one of the famous Hindu festivals celebrated specifically in the state of Maharashtra and Goa. The festival is usually observed in the month of August and September. However, Dahi Handi (दही हांडी) in 2016 will be celebrated on Thursday, 25th August. It is in the state of Maharashtra and Goa that the festival is known as Dahi Handi (दही हांडी) or Govinda. On this day a Handi (clay pot), filled with butter milk or curd, is positioned at a convenient height prior to the event above the ground and a group of men make a human pyramid to break the Handi with the help of a blunt object or coconut. The spilled butter milk or curd over the group symbolizes their achievement and unity.
This group of young and enthusiast men call themselves Govinda. Now days it a sort of competition where various teams participate in this process and teams that wins gets a lot of prizes. The biggest Dahi-Handi (दही-हांडी) celebrations are seen in Mumbai. The winning teams win lakhs of rupees. Some of the most famous handis are at Dadar, Mazgaon, Lalbaug and Babu Genu, Mandai in Pune. Cash and gifts are offered for Govinda troops to participate; for over 4000 Handis in Mumbai, 700 Govinda troops compete for the prizes.