THE FESTIVAL OF COLORS – HOLI

Holi is one of the most prominent festivals in India, celebrated during the Spring season and before the onset of Summers. The entire nation is filled with colors that is brought about by bright shades of orange, yellow, red, pink and green that fills the air and the clothes of individuals. This is a celebration of life in the form of colors, which brings about immense joy and happiness to the masses as a whole. India erupts in bonhomie during this day of the year when everything gets smeared in colors of love. The streets, boulevards, alleys and by-lanes are scattered with splash of dry and wet colors that bring about a feel of festivity in the air. Though this festival is celebrated throughout India, it is mostly the northern states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Punjab and Haryana, where it is celebrated on a massive scale, from dawn till dusk. It is in places like Mathura, Vrindavan and Varanasi in UP, which offers a spectacle of some sort to both local as well as international tourists who are all spellbound to see the colors and the unique way of celebration with flowers.

 

Food & Drinks in Holi

Food is always an important component in any Indian festival, and when it is the festival of colors, homes prepare regional delicacies to be served to the guests who visit each other’s place. In the region around Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, homes prepare food items such as puris (small flat round fried pancake made of flour), raw jack-fruit curry, dahi vada, Malpuas and of course the famed drink called ‘Bhang’ which is made from the seeds of the Cannabis plant. It produces an intoxicating effect, and guests as well as friends are served while they visit homes during the evening. Some homes do prepare non-veg items to be served to guests. Food, drinks and music (Bollywood and Bhojpuri numbers) galore in the evenings, and thus makes the ambiance even more special and festive like.

 

Holi and Fashion

 

Since it is the onset of summers, people prefer wearing pure cotton clothes to beat the heat and stay cool. In the daytime men wear white kurta pyjama, while girls like to wear salwar kameez and kurtis. In Bengal, women mostly wear sarees while celebrating Holi, and in places like Shantiniketan, Holi is played with with natural organic colors, produced from dried flower petals. This time of the year is somewhat pleasant with temperatures slowly soaring, and girls prefer wearing something really comfortable, yet stylish. Kurtis are the all-time favorite during this festival as they are easy to move around and feel real comfortable even during the heat of the day.

 

So, you can well understand that ‘Holi’ is all about colors, but more importantly it reveals the brighter side of life through all the beautiful hues and shades, which forms the true essence of life. This is what Incredible India has to offer to the world.

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