Holi, a favorite holiday of mine, is coming up on March 11, 2009. Holi the festival of colors, traditionally a harvest festival, celeberated all over india.
Holi celebration begins with lighting up of bonfire on the Holi eve to cleanse the air of evil spirits and bad vibes, the victory of good over evil.
Holi celebration makes the festival more exuberant and vivid when people rub ‘gulal’ (variety of color powder specially made for this occasion making sure it will not hurt physically) on each other’s faces and cheer up saying, “bura na maano Holi hai” witch is translated to “please don’t mind today is Holi”.
The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renews relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’.
Like every other holiday Holi has some of the specialty food people will make. A special drink called Thandai is served (main ingredients are milk almonds various spices and sugar). Usually lots of dry snacks are made like gujhia, khasta kachori, namak para, shaker para, basen ladoo and mathries and more. They are easy to offer to the visitors who come to play Holi with you.
I just love holidays they just bring very positive vibes and something to look forward.