Holi - The festival of colours
This might not come as a surprise to most people, but India is known for it's festivals! It is also an undeniable fact that every state in India is unique and has their own different styles of celebrating various festivals. The well-known rule however is that festivals bring people together and that it is sure a fun way to get to know different people and cultures.
Holi is one of the biggest festivals celebrations across the country! This festival is colourful and vibrant and some even call it for the most fun-filled festival of India! The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter and for many it is a day to meet others, play and laugh, forgive and forget, and repaired ruptured relationships. The very mention of the word 'Holi' draws smile and enthusiasm amongst the people in India.
Numerous legends and stories associated with Holi celebrations makes the festival even more exuberant. The most popular legend is related to killing of Holika. The story centres around an arrogant king who wanted everyone in his kingdom to worship him, however his son refused and worshipped Lord Vishnu instead. The king attempted to kill his son many times but failed each time. Finally, the kings sister Holika who was said to be immune to burning, had to take Kings son into a huge fire. To peoples surprise Kings son emerged from the fire unhurt, while his aunt burned to death. Holi commemorates the event from mythology of Holika, and huge bonfires are burnt on the eve of Holi as its symbolic representation.
Though Holi is celebrated throughout the country, every states has their own belief and different style of celebrating yet to no ones surprise everyone plays with colours. To get covered in different types of colour on these days is a must! Different colours tend to dominate different states so for example if you choose to celebrate Holi in Jaipur your cloths will get covered in pink, but if you celebrate the festival in Uttar Pradesh orange will be the colour you will have to be washing out of your hair!
If you choose to visit India you are guaranteed to eat lots of delicious food! For Indians food is very important and it is an essential part of any festivals, the most famous foods during Holi are the followings:
Thandai (cooling from Hindi) - is an irresistible Holi drink! You can understand from the name if you have never tasted it, that it is a cold drink. But wait! It isn't a regular soft drink like Pepsi or Coca-Cola. A Thandai is a special drink prepared with pure water, sugar, almonds, saffron poppy seeds and more. It tastes heavenly, is sweet and really cools you off!
Gujiya - is a deep fried dumpling filled with whole dry milk and dry fruits. A Gujiya is a must if you are thinking of celebrating Holi in Delhi!
Laddoo - is a famous Indian sweet. It is mainly made of sugar, fat and flour - so simple, yet taste amazing! A Holi event without a Laddoo is unacceptable!