This year, Holi is on March 8, 2023.
What is Holi?
Holi is a popular Hindu festival. It symbolizes the victory of good over evil and the eternal love of Lord Krishna (an avatar of Lord Vishnu) and Radha.
In this two-day festival, the first night is when Hindus burn an evil effigy and pray to the supreme Lord Vishnu. It is an ode to having faith in life and that the divine Lord is the creator and protector of all. The evil symbolizes ego, and the burning of the effigy symbolizes the destruction of the ego. The second day is when everyone plays with colors and enjoys good vegetarian food.
During Holi, popular foods are Gujiya (a sweet stuffed fried dough, somewhat similar to a popular Indian snack, samosa), a sweet bread made with jaggery (raw sugar), wheat, and lentils and served with a spicy lentil dish.
- Watch a couple of videos on YouTube on Holi.
- To celebrate Holi, you will need to invite a few friends to your home or at a park.
- You will need some items for decaration:
- Use our Masala sauce to make a spicy chickpea curry
- A trip to your local Indian store to buy Indian desserts and snacks, you will need:
- Poori (store-bought or you can bough the rolled discs to deep-fry at home)
- Gujiya (store-bought)
- Puran Poli (a sweet flatbread stuffed with jaggery (raw sugar) and lentils)
- Seasonal sauteed greens
- Bollywood songs (On Spotify, search for 'holi ke rang' OR 'holi ke din'
- Alcohol or non-alcoholic drinks of your choice
When your friends show up, make sure you will the ballons with water and color, or just color. Playing with colors and water is what we do during Holi. We hope that we have made celebrating Holi easier for you. Happy Holi!