The Festival of Flavours : Holi

Holi is the festival of colours, the festival of flavours not limited to the gulaals, not confined to the occasions which is celebrated only with colours instead  it is enjoyed with the free spirit of lights, the light of free will, the destiny which is craved for and most importantly with the rich Indian food snacks like Gujjiya, Pakoras, Dahi bhalle, Phirni, Thandaai and much more!

By skipping the technical details of Holi, another name for holi is “Fun” , saying goodbye to the cold weather and welcoming the summer with the chasing bright topaz colours is much more fun while playing with it.  holi 1

In the lead up to the full moon in March, the shops are abuzz with locals doing their last minute preparations in the final days leading up to the Festival of Flavors : Holi . Women prepare crowd pleasing delicacies such as ‘Gujia’ – a sweet dumpling stuffed with khoya which is similar to ricotta cheese, ‘Mathri’ – a Rajasthani biscuit made from flour, water and cumin seeds typically served with mango, chilli or lemon pickle and ‘Papri Chaat’ – a north Indian dish consisting of fried dough wafers served with boiled potatoes, chick peas, chillies, yoghurt and chutney. Whilst the food is being prepared, children gather in the streets comparing their new Pichkaris, which are water-pistol like devices that come in a variety of different shapes and sizes and carry the brightly coloured water, used to drench everyone in a sea of rainbow colored water!

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Every festival brings the laughter of joy where people celebrate their religion and themselves too like, Lath Maar Holi in Barsane

here festival of Holi is celebrated in unique fashion. Referred to as the lath maar Holi, for the use of a lath or bamboo stick by the women, the act of colouring one another takes on a very coquettish form here with men rushing towards women to drench them in coloured water.

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The Festival of Flavors : Holi  signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships. The evening before the riot of color takes over, the air is filled with the scent of charring wood as a bonfire is lit which is symbolical of the destruction of the demoness Holika by the God Vishnu. Prayers are recited, songs are sung and people dance around the bonfire as they celebrate the victory of good over evil.

Some families hold religious ceremonies, but for many Holi is more a time for fun than religious observance. After a fun filled and exciting day, they spent the evening in sobriety when people meet friends and relatives and exchange sweets and festive greetings.

Holi festival may be celebrated with various names and people of different states might be following different traditions. But, what makes Holi so unique and special is the spirit of it which remains the same throughout the country and even across the globe, wherever it is celebrated.

“Don’t let black and white only rule your life, let the rainbow shine and colours spread the happiness of vibrant peace in your life”

A very Happy Holi from us!

 

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