Holi is here once again… Gotta love the festival of colors man… wish my gojira was here to celebrate with me… if he was his face would green and his bum blue LMAO!! =P
Gojira had celebrated Holi for the first time with me a couple years ago. Holi marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring in India. It has a lot to do with Vishnu and Hindu mythology but honestly its too complex to explain unless you’re well versed with all the characters from the Mahabharata.
On this day you’re supposed to throw colors on each other dry and wet with squirt guns and water balloons and sling it on each other’s faces. Most of the guys get dirtier by including eggs and cow dung but I’ve never played that dirty nor do I intend to ever! yuck…
You can always tell who played Holi by checking out the people the next day. They usually still have purple ears and green noses for a week till the color fades. The colors get so soaked into your skin you literally have to scrub each and every inch of your skin to get the colors out. It helps if you rub your skin with baby oil or coconut oil before going to play but it still is a big chore to get it out. On top of it you get so exhausted after playing for hours that you literally have no energy or strength to clean up!
Holi is also a day to have bhang which is a traditional saffron and almond flavored milk drink with weed in it. When Gojira and I celebrated his first Holi he managed to convince the DJ at the rain dance we went to, to get us some bhang.. He couldnt get us bhang but managed to get us the weed to make bhang. This is one day in the whole year that you can consume weed in India without getting legally in trouble for it! since we didn’t have any loving nurturing mothers around to make us that yummy saffron almond sweet chilled milk to have bhang we ended up going to a corner grocery store purchasing some Amul Kool flavored milk to have it that way…
what a bunch of hillbillies we were =D Fun times man…
But if you care to try the traditional bhang recipe here you go…
2 cups water
1 ounce marijuana (fresh leaves and flowers of a female plant preferred)
4 cups warm milk
2 tablespoons blanched and chopped almonds
1/8 teaspoon garam masala (a mixture of cloves, cinnamon, and cardamon)
1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/2 to 1 teaspoon rosewater
1 cup sugar
Bring the water to a rapid boil and pour into a clean teapot. Remove any seeds or twigs from the marijuana, add it to the teapot and cover. Let this brew for about 7 minutes.
Now strain the water and marijuana through a piece of muslin cloth, collect the water and save.
Take the leaves and flowers and squeeze between your hands to extract any liquid that remains. Add this to the water.
Place the leaves and flowers in a mortar and add 2 teaspoons warm milk. Slowly but firmly grind the milk and leaves together. Gather up the marijuana and squeeze out as much milk as you can. Repeat this process until you have used about 1/2 cup of milk (about 4 to 5 times). Collect all the milk that has been extracted and place in a bowl. By this time the marijuana will have turned into a pulpy mass.
Add the chopped almonds and some more warm milk. Grind this in the mortar until a fine paste is formed. Squeeze this paste and collect the extract as before. Repeat a few more times until all that is left are some fibers and nut meal. Discard the residue.
Combine all the liquids that have been collected, including the water the marijuana was brewed in. Add to this the garam masala, dried ginger and rosewater. Add the sugar and remaining milk.
Chill, serve, and enjoy.
This is a picture of us on that day.. Gojira’s not in the picture cuz he took it and I’m not disclosing which one I am… its kind of obvious actually.. haha oh well its blurry enough to still make me kind of anonymous :P I’m the one suppppper stoned. haha…
I was hoping Holi this year would fall during his trip to India but its exactly 19 days too early =( Happy Holi everybodyyyy
And here is my respect to the “Holi” man himself… get it? Holi.. haha… he aint holy but he’s the only godfather of Bollywood and Holi is just not complete without listening to his hit song Rangggggg Barrrrrrseeeeeeeee…. here’s a clip for all you Bachchan fans… I’d watch more Hindi movies if they preserved their old school class. For all those people who have never heard of the holiday Holi watch this so you can see what happens on this day all over India… sooo much funnn!!!!!!
Y’all celebrate safe and play nice now ;) Do you or did you ever celebrate Holi? Do you have a favorite Holi memory? Are you celebrating this year?? This light is turned off..
Edit: Even Google decided to celebrate with us… Check out the Google India Home page!! =)
Currently listening to
Holi Aayi Ude Re Gulal
By Bhushan Dua