Wednesday, 4 March 2015

HOLI - FESTIVAL OF COLOURS IN INDIA |IMPORTANCE



Holi (Hindi: होली, Nepali: होली) is a religious spring festival celebrated in india  as a festival of colours.It is primarily observed in India and Nepal. Holi or Holika, also called holikotsava, is an extremely popular festival observed throughout the country (India). It is especially marked by unmixed gaiety and frolics and is common to all sections of the people.


The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March.
In 2013, Holi will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 27
 Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other 'Happy Holi'.




Holi is also known as Phagwah (Assamese: ফাকুৱা), Festival of Colours, or Doḷajātra (Oriya: ଦୋଳଯାତ୍ରା) in Odisha, and as Dol Jatra (Bengali: দোলযাত্রা) or Basantotsav ("spring festival") (Bengali: বসন্তোৎসব) in West Bengal and Assam.

Holi is of particular significance in the Braj region, which includes locations traditionally connected to the Lord Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon, and Barsana, which become tourist destinations during the season of Holi.

In India, Holi announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. The festival breathes an atmosphere of social merriment. People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind. Every nook and corner presents a colorful sight. Young and old alike are covered with colors (red, green, yellow, blue, black and silver). People in small groups are seen singing, dancing and throwing colors on each other. 







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Holi Legend and significance :

According to the stories in the Puranas and various local legends, this day is important for three reasons.

  •       It was on this day that Lord Siva opened his third eye and reduced Kamadeva (the god of love, Cupid or Eros) to ashes.
  •       It was on this day that Holika, the sister of the demon king Hiranyakasyapu, who tried to kill the child devotee Prahlad by taking him on her lap and sitting on a pyre of wood which was set ablaze. Holika was burnt to ashes while Prahlad remained unscathed!
  •       It was again on this day that an ogress called Dhundhi, who was troubling the children in the kingdom of Prthu (or Raghu) was made to run away for life, by the shouts and pranks of the mischievous boys. Though she had secured several boons that made her almost invincible, this - noise, shouts, abuses and pranks of boys - was a chink in her armour due to a curse of Lord Siva. The day itself came to be called 'Adada' or 'Holika' since then.
  • In Mathura, where Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated for 16 days (until Rangpanchmi) in commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna. The festivities officially usher in spring, the celebrated season of love.

 

Holi rituals and celebration

Holi celebration takes place with lot of joy and verve throughout the country. The enthusiasm of the people reaches its peak and matches with the nature which is in full bounty at the time of Holi. 


 
First and foremost, it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. Originally, it was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring's abundant colors and saying farewell to winter. 



It also has a religious purpose, commemorating events present in Hindu mythology. Although it is the least religious holiday, it is probably one of the most exhilarating ones in existence.

During this event, participants hold a bonfire, throw colored powder,gulal at each other, and celebrate wildly.

The main day, Holi, also known as Dhuli in Sanskrit, or Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing scented powder and perfume at each other.

 
Bonfires are lit on the eve of the festival, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi), after which holika dahan prayers are said and praise is offered.Prior to the event, men prepare for this by collecting extra wood. The fire itself is lit near midnight, as the moon rises.The next morning the ashes from the bonfire are collected as prasad (consecrated material) and smeared on the limbs of the body. Singed coconuts, if any are also collected and eaten.

 The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his devotion. Holika Dahan is referred to as Kama Dahanam in South India.

Rangapanchami occurs a few days later on a Panchami (fifth day of the full moon), marking the end of festivities involving colors.

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 filledballoons 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 in maharashtra


In Maharashtra, Holi is mainly associated with the burning of Holika. Holi Paurnima is also celebrated as Shimga. A week before the festival, youngsters go around the community, collecting firewood and money. On the day of Holi, the firewood is arranged in a huge pile at a clearing in the locality. In the evening, the fire is lit. Every household makes an offering of a meal and dessert to the fire god. Puran Poli is the main delicacy and children shout "Holi re Holi puranachi poli". Shimga is associated with the elimination of all evil. The colour celebrations here traditionally take place on the day of Rangapanchami, 5 days after Holi, unlike in North India where it is done on the second day itself. During this festival, people are supposed to forget about any rivalries and start new healthy relations with all.

Celebrate an Eco Friendly Holi


Ideally, the joyous festival of Holi is meant to celebrate the arrival of Spring while the colors used in Holi are to reflect of the various hues of spring season. But unfortunately, in modern times Holi does not stand for all things beautiful. Like various other festivals, Holi too has become ruthlessly commercialized, boisterous and yet another source of environmental degradation.

To de-pollute Holi and make it in sync with nature, as it is supposed to be, several social and environmental groups are proposing a return to more natural ways of celebrating Holi. 





1.Purchase Natural Holi Colors
 For those who do not have the time to make their own colours, there is the choice of buying natural Holi colours. Several groups are now producing and promoting such colours, although it is important to verify the ingredients of the colours and ensure you know enough about the source.


2.Advocating one symbolic community fire, rather than several smaller bonfires across the city as a way to reduce wood consumption. Others are also suggesting that these fires be lit using waste material rather than wood.

3. A Dry Holi
In the current situation, when most cities in India are facing acute water scarcity, the wasteful use of water during Holi, is also being questioned. It is common for people to douse each other with buckets of water during Holi, and children often resort to throwing water balloons at each other. The idea of a dry Holi seems alien at first, especially as the climate becomes warmer around Holi, and the water provides welcome relief from the heat. However, considering that in some urban areas, citizens can go without water for several days, it seems wasteful to use so much water simply for a celebration.









Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Holi recipes | Holi snacks savory sweets complete thali


Holi, also known as the ‘Spring Festival’, is one of the most fun-filled and entertaining festivals celebrated in India. 


This festival is observed with great enthusiasm in the country. Many legends are associated with this divine festival. This ‘Festival of Colors’ happens once in a year and is marked by the throwing of color powders and color liquids on each other by the people celebrating this wonderful festival. Like all festivals in India, Holi too has its own traditional recipes, which are prepared on this occasion as part of the celebration. Indeed, the delicacies prepared on this special occasion add to the delight and excitement. 



I am sharing  with you a list of Traditional Holi Recipes  which will Brighten up the Colors this Holi 




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 A) Holi Sweets


 PURAN POLI                                               


AMRAS PURI               

KAJU KATLI                                                             


DUDHI PANEER BALLS                                             



KHAJUR (DATE) ROLLS                                                                     




LAYERED KARANJI                                                            



GULAB JAMUN                                 

DUDHI  KHEER                                                                          

SEVAIYA - VERMICELLI PUDDING                                                 


KARANJI -GUJIYA                                                                            




BASUNDI                                                                               



MOONG DAL HALWA                                                 


KAJU KATLI                                                                     

KESARI BHAT      


ANARSE - ANARSA                                                                 







B) Holi namkeen –savory  -snacks

HARA BHARA KABAB                                                                      



TIKHAT SHEV                                                               


MATAR KARANJI                                                           



SWEET KACHORI                                                                 






















C) Holi chat recipes  










KHASTA KACHODI CHAT      


D) Holi main course complete thali recipes:



Dal recipes













Rice – biryani  -pulao        

                             





Baby corn pulao - biryani recipe














 Indian Breads -roti-poori

















 Vegetable gravy - dry sabji


KATACHI AMTI               

DALIMBYACHI USAL                                                            


MATAR BATATA FLOWER RASSA BHAJI                       


CHAWALI RASSA BHAJI                                                            

















Hyderabadi bagara baingan|







ALOO MUTTER
                            

Side dishes


KOTHIMBIR VADI                                                                  


KOTHIMBIR VADI                                                                  


MANGO PICKLE                                                                    


MIRCHI BHAJI                                                                       


KANDA TOMATO KOSHIMBIR                                             

 DAHI RAITA VANGYACHE KAAP                                                                 



 LASUN CHUTNEY                                                                   



E)  Holi beverages -cooler drinks