Holi, the festival of colors, is indeed a big occasion among the Hindus.It is a religious festival celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs. It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and countries with large Indian populations, such as Suriname, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States, Mauritius, and Fiji.
The festival know no bounds. Wherever there are Indians, the festival is celebrated with much fanfare. People virtually play with colors and bonfire is lit to mark the victory of good over bad. Sweets and greetings are exchanged on this occasion. Holi Festival 2011 around the world will also be celebrated with same fervor and enthusiasm.
Holi Celebration in India It is indeed a popular festival in India, observed across the entire breadth and length of the country. In the cities of Mathura and Vrindavana, where Lord Krishna spent his childhood, it is celebrated for holi festival sixteen days. Celebrations in these two cities are marked by praying Lord Krishna and special offerings. In the village of Barsana, where Radha-the console of Lord Krishna-hailed from, it is celebrated in a traditional way.In Eastern Indian state of West Bengal, the festival is known as Dol (Swing) Yatra. On this day the idols of Lord Krishna and his console Radha are placed on swings. Devotees swing the idols and seek the blessings of the God.
Holi Celebration in UK A large number of Hindus are settled in the United Kingdom. The Hindus in the UK celebrate the festival in a big way. Indians are the second largest ethnic minority in the country and actively take part in the Holi celebration in the country. A variety of processions are held in the country. These processions are accompanied by dances, folk songs and many other fun filled activities.
Holi Food Traditions Holi food traditions contain preparation of various food items in the families. Food items that are prepared of this occasion are papri, gujjia, and kanji ke vade. Different types of snack items such as dahi badas, puran poli, mathri and malpuas are served to the guests. Meat dishes such as kofta curry are also prepared on this occasion. Food traditions also include sandesh, payash and saffron milk. At the night of this festival, intoxicating bhang is prepared and consumed along with sweet laddoos. In some cases, bhang is consumed along with thandai and pakoras.