Holi is a very special holiday. It is the one holiday that everyone I know gets together. In India, all social restrictions and gaps are forgotten as people of different backgrounds celebrate together. A bonfire is typically prepared the night before Holi. The next day family, friends, and neighbors play together with specially prepared colored powders. These powders are called Gulal and colored water is playfully splashed on each other as well.
I love the spirit of the Holi as it brings back a lot of fun memories from my childhood. This year Holi is on Monday, March 13th. We will get together and celebrate with friends and family for sure. We celebrate Holi at home a little differently and play with colorful silk flower petals instead of Gulal. It’s easier to use soft petals when you are playing inside the house! My grandchildren, of course, enjoying playing Holi with colorful gulal and water!
Celebrating Holi is fun, but we need delicious food to accompany the celebrations! This year we will be doing a pot luck dinner with our friends. The theme is “street foods”. Everyone will bring their favorite “street food” to enjoy. I am beginning my preparations as we speak! Unless the house is full of the sweet aromas from the dishes you cook, it doesn’t feel like Holi.
This year’s menu will be:
Carrot Khanji, (these are special Holi drink)
and for dessert:
Alex (my husband) wants me make a special easy-to-eat salad using cucumbers, carrots, bell pepper, tomatoes and cottage cheese.
I will post more picture after Holi.
I hope you enjoy Holi this year. Enjoy this colorful festival and take out your water gun.