Holi is just a few days away! What are your plans this year? Will you participate in a carnival of colors? What if you live in a small town that doesn’t have a large enough Indian population to have a Holi festival? Or what if you have a big exam to cram for and don’t have the time to get all the colored powder out of your hair? You can still bring the spirit of Holi into your home. Here are some ideas….
1) Create a candle centerpiece.
Traditionally, people in India light bonfires on the eve of Holi, which symbolizes the victory of good over evil. A candle centerpiece can be your own very mini bonfire.
2) Make an Indian beverage at home.
During the evening of Holi, when people are done throwing color on each other, they enjoy chilled beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Try a simple mango lassi or spiced cardamon milk.
3) Make a dessert.
After the color games are over, people enjoy local delicacies during Holi. If you aren’t up to the challenge of making an Indian dessert, then just bake cookies or cupcakes….whatever satisfies your sweet tooth! Go ahead and indulge…it’s a holiday, after all!
4) Enjoy a relaxing bubble bath.
After being drenched in colorful powder, people have to bathe of course. Treat yourself to new bath products and have a relaxing at-home spa experience.
5) Offer gifts to your closest friends and family.
After cleaning up all the colored powder, people traditionally visit with relatives and exchange sweets. Even if you live far from your relatives, you can still send them a small token of kindness to commemorate Holi. You can offer sweets or homemade cookies to relatives living close by, or send cards to relatives and friends who live farther away.
So how will you celebrate Holi this year? Are you attending a color festival? If not, what will you do at home to celebrate? Share your comments below! Happy Holi!