Holi celebration takes place with lot of joy and verve throughout the country and may parts of world. The enthusiasm of the people reaches its peak and matches with the nature which is in full bounty at the time of Holi.
Differences of any sort are drowned in the coloured waters of Holi and people just enjoy being a play animal. To further enhance the festive spirit of Holi celebrations we have a social sanction to get a kick with the tradition of bhang. Then there is total wildness as people dance to the rhythm of dholak and sing traditional folk songs in loudest possible pitch.
Children particularly enjoy the festival as they throw water filled balloons at passersby...and if anybody stares..they have ready answer, 'Bura na mano Holi hai..' and evoke a smile on the irritated face. Besides, they have their water missiles, called pichkaris to drench the person from far and escape further drenching.
In the midst of these colouring games are savoured the mouth watering holi specialities like gujiya, malpuas, mathri, puran poli, dahi badas etc and downed with glasses full of thandai.
In some states there is also a tradition of breaking the pot full of buttermilk which is hung high on the streets. A group of boys form a human pyramid and one of them break the pot. All this while womenfolk throw buckets of colour water on them and sing folk songs.
And after a wild and eventful day, evenings are celebrated in a dignified manner by visiting friends and relatives. People exchange sweets and hug each other conveying the warm wishes for Holi. These days there people also participate and organise Holi Meets and enjoy the festival till late in the night.
Holi celebrations that starts with the burning of Holika on the eve of Holi thus culminates with the lot of funfilled activity and bonhomie. However, at some places specially Mathura and Barsana Holi celebrations continue for a week as each major temple organise a Holi bash on different day. Lovers of the festival enjoy every moment to the hilt.
|Agra petha||Firm white pumpkin, sugar, kitchen lime, alum powder etc.||Sugar syrup based|
|Balushahi||Maida flour, yogurt, oil, sugar||Sugar syrup based|
|Besan laddu||Gram flour (besan), ghee, sugar||Laddu|
|Boondi||Gram flour (besan), ghee, sugar||Sugar syrup based|
|Gajar ka halwa||Carrots, milk, sugar, ghee, cashews and raisins||Halva|
|Gajar ki barfi||Dried milk with ground cashews, pistachios or peanuts, often with edible silver foil as decoration||Barfi|
|Ghevar||Flour, ghee, kewra, milk, clarified butter, sugar, almonds, pistachio, saffron, green cardamom||Fried, sugar syrup based|
|Gulab jamun/ Kala jamun||Fried milk balls soaked in sweet syrup, such as rose syrup or honey.||Fried, sugar syrup based|
|Imarti||Sugar syrup, lentil flour||Fried, sugar syrup based|
|Jalebi||Dough fried in a coil shape dipped in sugar syrup, often taken with milk, tea, yogurt, or lassi.||Fried, sugar syrup based|
|Kaju katli||Cashews, ghee with cardamom and sugar.||Barfi|
|Kalakand||Milk, cottage cheese||Burfi|
|Kheer||A rice pudding made with milk, rice, sugar and dried fruits||Pudding|
|Kulfi||An ice cream made with milk and sugar, with a variety of flavours such as mango, saffron, or cardamom.||Ice cream|
|Motichoor laddu||Besan flour, sugar||Laddu|
|Lassi||Yogurt, milk, nuts, can be made with mango (mango lassi)||Yogurt drink|
|Malai laddu||Milk cream||Laddu|
|Malpua||wheat or rice flour,||Fried, sugar syrup based|
|Nankhatai||Refined flour (maida), gram flour (besan), ghee, powdered sugar, yogurt, green cardamom seeds||Baked|
|Phirni||Rice, sugar, nuts||pudding|
|Rabri||A sweet, condensed milk-based dish made by boiling the milk on low heat for a long time until it becomes dense and changes its color to pinkish. Sugar, spices and nuts are added for flavour. It is chilled and served as a dessert.||pudding|
|Sheera||Semolina, ghee, nuts, milk||Pudding|
|Singori||Khoa, coconut, molu leaf||Milk-based|
|Sohan halwa||Corn flour, ghee, dry fruits||Halva|
|Sohan papdi, pateesa||Besan flour||Barfi|