By SiteEditor | Festivals | 26 March 2013

holiimagesHoli is an ancient festival of India and was originally known as ‘Holika’. It is said that Holi existed several centuries before Christ. The meaning of the festival is believed to have changed over the years. It was a special rite performed by married women for the happiness and well-being of their families at the beginning and the full moon (Raka) was worshiped.
ValueHits wishes you and your family a very bright, colourful and joyful Holi. Holi is the time to develop understanding and love for each other. It is a platform for you all to renew your friendship and to express heartiest love. A Holi greeting is incomplete without a hug.

Did you Know?

  • Holi has many characteristics of a saturnalia, as does carnival in certain Christian countries.
  • Public bonfires are lit on this day which signify the destruction of evil and, metaphorically, the burning of the Hindu demoness “Holika”.
  • Holi is celebrated all over India, but is recognized with different regional names too.

                 Holi in Maharastra:Rang-panchami
                 Holi in Barsaana (Mathura, UP):Lathi-maar Holi
                 Holi in Haryana:Dulandi Holi
                 Holi in Punjab: Hola Mohalla
                 Phagawa in Bihar
                 Shingo in Goa
                 Kaman Pandigai in TamilNadu
                 Basant Utsav/ Dol Purnima in West Bengal

  • Earlier, mothers used to make new clothes for their married daughters on the occasion of Holi, while their mother-in-law gave them travel money . The Sons-in-laws are invited by the bride’s family for a rich meal on this occasion, after which it is customary to gift them crisp notes of any denomination.
  • Special food items : Gujjia, papri and kanji vade
  • Bhang lassi is synonymous with any celebration related to Holi. Bhang lassi combines the intoxicating effect of bhang or Cannabis with lassi or sweetened thick yogurt.

     Bhang Lassi Recipe

    Ingredients:

    1/2 Ounce cannabis
    2 Cups warm whole milk
    1/2 Cup sugar
    1 tbsp Coconut milk
    1 tbsp Almonds, chopped
    1/8 tsp Ginger, powdered
    1 Pinch Garam masala
    1/2 tsp Grenadine
    1 Cup water

    Bring water to a boil and add cannabis to it. Brew for about 7 -10 minute and then strain. Grind the strained cannabis along with 2 tbsp of milk and repeat this process several times. Strain the milk into another bowl. Add a little more milk to the cannabis and this time grind it along with the almonds and repeat this several times. Remove the cannabis and pour the milk, coconut milk, grenadine and boiled water into a container. Combine ginger, sugar, and garam masala with it and give it a stir. Your Bhang Lassi is ready to serve.

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