Food plays an important role during any festivity. In the tradition of Holi one cannot miss delicious dishes that are served everywhere. A joy for the eyes and palate, Indians prepare exotic recipes including some strong drinks. You will be welcomed with sweet and salty Indian desserts and you will also be offered a glass of almond milk with cardamom.
Here the fun is in sharing, discussion, conviviality and of course the battle of colors by all the members of the family. Even among neighbors it is customary to exchange boxes of typical local sweets to indicate the intention to create or maintain good neighborly relations.
Bhang is a special drink made from fresh leaves and flowers of marijuana, with milk, almonds, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, rose water, honey and butter, which is served during the Holi festival. It is said that the effects of this mixture are felt within a few minutes. Here are some Holi recipes:
Thandai - https://goo.gl/8UTjnV
Kesar Malai Kulfi - https://goo.gl/A2Dyvz
Malpua - https://goo.gl/cvd9HJ
Gujiya - https://goo.gl/qjQr91
Gol Gappe / Paani Puri - https://goo.gl/6df1MC
Dahi Vada - https://goo.gl/jtWEc2
Seviyan Kheer - https://goo.gl/FwYCh1
Sooji Halwa - https://goo.gl/k2TB57
Gulab Jamun - https://goo.gl/iXZjUH
Who has never dreamed of participating in Holi, this festival of colors in India? This is one of the great festivals expected of the premises and among one of the most beautiful celebrated for a few days all over the country. The country is already in full effervescence all year round even more the day before and the day of Holi. You will understand why the Holi is one of the best time to travel for the tourists!
This festival is normally celebrated throughout the country but if you want to fully experience Holi and enjoy the festivities to the maximum, we recommend you to go to the northern and eastern India, in the region of Rajasthan. There are celebrations mainly in big cities like Jaipur and Udaipur but if you want to live the traditional Holi, take the road direction to Mathura and Vrindavan. If you want a more clean holi amidst traditional songs and dances, with only the colours but without water, head to Shanti Niketan.
Religious Holi - Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
In the cities most closely linked to the memory of Krishna, Mathura and Vrindavan, the celebrations begins 40 days before the date, when artists and devotees from across the nation begin to come together to perform in the representations of the adventures and love of Krishna with gopis, the cheerful shepherdesses and Radha. The Shri Banke Bihari temple celebrations precede the festivities by five days.
It is said that it was King Indradyumna established this festival in Vrindavana which lasts from 3 to 5 days, and starts at the Sukla Chaturdasi of Phalguna. The main highlights of the festival are the celebration in honor of Agni and the adoration of Govinda, where a portrait of Krishna is placed on a swing. People push this swing 21 times at the end of the puja. And the fire that is lit on the first day must burn until the last day. In Bengal, the people calls this festival Dol Purnima or Dol Yatra. It is celebrated with a calmness full of dignity.
While at Barsana, about 50 km from Mathura, it is celebrated according to the curious tradition of Lathmar Holi. It is celebrated by the women of the town, who perform the dance of sticks, a wacky dance that consists of beating the men of the village with sticks, who are protected by a shield. Here is a real battle of colors with true religious celebrations! It is the most cultural and authentic place I had been to!
Folk Holi - Purulia, West Bengal
Three days of celebrations to spend with the inhabitants of this rural town about six hours by train from Kolkata, including ancient and precious dance-theater performances such as Chhau dance, a World Heritage Site, or those of Baul mystics. Citizens welcomes tourists and visitors with a spartan tent set up specially for the event.
Cultural Holi - Shantiniketan, West Bengal
The otherwise quiet city always welcomes the feast of Vasanta Utsav or Spring festival with particular enthusiasm, according to the tradition inaugurated by the Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore. Students and teachers of the university here dress for the occasion in yellow adorned with garlands of flowers.
Arranged in addition to the usual chromatic exchange of colours is also the lively cultural programs based on dances, folk music and public readings of the work the poet, that involves welcoming foreign visitors and in the activities and celebrations. Here colours are not applied to outsiders, who are unwilling.
Royal Holi - Jaipur
The hugely popular Festival of the elephants, which traditionally accompanies the celebrations of Holi in the Rajasthani capital, takes place the day before the real party, with dances, parades along the old town and competitions culminating at the Chaugan Stadium.
Tribal Holi - Banswara
If you already know the royal version of Holi, also in Rajasthan but in Banswara, about 170 Km south of Udaipur, you may participate instead in the tribal holi, and find it surrounded by the locals, mainly Bhils fully armed, and celebrate the event with typical seasonal customs, such as for example with the Gair dance. Bhang lassi is served in abundance, accompanied by famous and varied snacks.