Saturday, March 03, 2007

The Colors are Coming... whoo hoo!!!

Yeah!!! Holi is coming!! This is one of my favorite holidays! This is the holiday where people run around like crazy and have water guns, water balloons and colored powders and dyes to throw on each other :) It's very messy, very colorful and very fun!

This is a little boy (below) that has been sitting outside of our neighborhood selling colored powders and things for Holi :)
We were at a BIG old bazar yesterday and saw lots of people selling colors and things for Holi...
Today (Saturday) is the day before the colors. Today is the day that is actually called Holi and tomorrow is called Dhulendi... but I'm just going to call it Holi... It's all really a part of the Holi holidays and it's just plain easier to call it all Holi... So anyway, tonight, at the rise of the moon, they make HUGE bonfires that are supposed to represent funeral pyres that destroyed Holika (a demoness). Here's a picture (below) of a bonfire from last year in M-town.
One of the most crucial parts to the bonfire are the "poo patties". This lady (below) was in the bazar yesterday and is selling some of the specialized "poo patties" for tonight.
OK, so now I'm going to tell you about my favorite sweet... and yes, it is pretty bad placement to put my favorite food right after my story about poo... but oh well... My favorite sweet in this country is only made for this holiday, so it definitely deserves a shout-out! - it is the BEST sweet EVER!!!! It's called gujhia. It's like a donut with coconut and syrup inside!! It's sooo good!! The guy below is selling us some gujhia!!
These guys below are making our gujhia :)
And last - but not least... back by popular demand... MORE BANGLES!!

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Lu said...

Ohmygoodness! Is it that time of year again?

I remember Holi... I about had a nervous breakdown. I was the target of much "Eve teasing" the week leading to the Big Day, and I did NOT handle it well. Definitely my own personal culture stress issue. :)

Anyway, I ended up staying home while all the rest of my team went out and played with the colors. At the time I was glad I did, but looking back on it now, I wish I'd sucked it up and joined the fun.

Hope you had a great day today!