Bura na mano HOLI HAI !!
Holi - The festival of colours !! What's life when its black & white ?? India being a festive country is as vibrant as the colours of a rainbow !! And Holi is one such festival which brings out colour onto people. Celebrated through the length and breadth of India, holi only brings out the fond memories of childhood where we enjoyed spraying and throwing colours on everyone be it 9-99 :-D. Holi festival marks the end of winter and the onset of spring. On this day, a big bonfire is lit to depict the victory of good over evil i.e the end of Holika a demoness.Holika was the sister of a bad evil King Hiranyakashipu. His son Prahalad was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. When the little Prahalad did not follow his father's footsteps, he was tortured and subjected to cruel punishments by the evil King Hiranyakashipu. None of this proved harmful for the little devotee.To cut the long story short ,Holika who sat in the pyre with Prahalad with the intention of destroying him was not spared. She was burned to death. Hence on holi a bonfire is lit to symbolize the end of evil.
Festivals in India are synonymous to food and different delicacies prepared for each of them. And for holi its gujjiya, pedas and thandai.This is something which is not prepared in South of India , but I learnt this from a good friend of mine.This is so refreshing with lots of nuts that makes you full at the end of it.
Thandai is a flavoured milk prepared using cashew nuts, almonds, pista , khus-khus, saffron, melon seeds, cardamom, fennel seeds and pepper. Its a fine blend of spices and sweetish in taste, a very unique drink indeed.
Makes 2 glasses
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