Amalaka Ekadashi

Amalaka Ekadashi

February-March; 11th day of waxing half of Hindu month of Phalguna
Among Hindus, who respect all animate and inanimate things because they are manifestations of the Universal Spirit, this is a day for worshipping the Alma tree (Amalaka), where Vishnu is believed to live. An Amalaka tree is ceremonially bathed and watered, a fast is observed, and Brahmans are given gifts.
Amalaka Ekadashi also marks the beginning of the Holi or spring festival in India, where people splash each other with colored water and red powder (an aphrodisiac), indulge in eating and drinking, and generally behave in an uninhibited manner.
SOURCES:
RelHolCal-2004, p. 183
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