Feb 20, 2012

My 1st Event: Color N Sweet- HOLI FEST....

Hello friends, for the first time in blog I’m hosting my first event “Color N Sweet- HOLI FEST”. I hope all my lovely friends love this theme or event and be a part of it. This time Holi will celebrate on 8 Feb., 2012.

Story behind the festival of HOLI
Holi is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. Holi is also known as festival of Colours.  The most celebrated Holi is in the Braj region, in locations connected to Lord Krishna: Mathura,Vrindavan, Nandagaon, and Barsana. The main day, Holi, also known as Dhuli in Sanskrit, also Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing powdered color (gulal) at each other. Bonfires are lit on the eve of the festival, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi).
Holi celebration begins with lighting up of bonfire on the Holi eve. Numerous legends & stories associated with Holi celebration makes the festival more exuberant and vivid. People rub 'gulal' and 'powdered color' on each other’s faces and cheer up saying, "bura na maano Holi hai". Holi also gives a wonderful chance to send blessings and love to dear ones wrapped in a special Holi gift. These men and women are ready to spread the joy. Holi has many purposes. First and foremost, it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. It also has a religious purpose, commemorating many events that are present in Hindu mythology. Although it is the least religious holiday, it is probably one of the most exhilarating ones in existence.
Originally, it was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. In addition to celebrating the coming of spring, Holi has even greater purposes. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring's abundant colors and saying farewell to winter.
                         

Preparations
Market places get abuzz with activity as frenzied shoppers start making preparations for the festival. Pichkaris in innovative and modern design too come up every year to lure the children who wish to collect them as Holi memorabilia and of course, to drench everybody in the town.
Womenfolk too start making early preparations for the holi festival as they cook loads of gujiya, mathri dahi-bhalle, bhaang and papri for the family and also for the relatives. At some places especially in the north women also make papads and potato chips at this time. 
A sweet message for all of you from my side……
Lal, gulabi, neela, pila hathon me liya samet,
Holi ke din rangenge sajni, kar ke meethi bhent.

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Rules for the event:-
To participate, it’s really simple….
1.    Create an Indian sweet or salty dish for especially on the very occasion of HOLI…… It’s could be a mithai, Indian sweets, cool and hot Indian desserts or specially Indian snacks and drinks/beverages for the Day of Holi., if it has a HOLI’s theme, so it will be more interesting and colourful or spl. Indian touch…..
2.    Follow my blog.
3.    You may send as many links or recipes. No archives please…. If you have more interesting recipe then only reposted and linked back to the announcement page….. Use linky tool at the end of this page.
4.    Use of above logo is mandatory.
5.    Recipes should be vegetarian and no alcohol or non-veg stuff.
6.    Non blogger can also send me an email with the details as below:
·         Name (person)
·         Recipe name
·         Recipe photo
·         Recipe detail in .doc format
·         Email address

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