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Ah, we love Holi! Let’s get drenched in mouth-watering delicacies |Jaipur Beat

With the outburst of Coronavirus, everyone is rethinking about their Holi plans. Who would know that the disease will spread like a bushfire and blot out every major event leaving us all bummed out, especially when Holi is around the corner?

The first festival of the New Year that excites every soul in India thinking of ways to play Holi with friends and family, targeting that one person who refuses to play, all and all having a ball of a time. The children too are super excited to try their colour-filled hands on everyone’s faces but alas all the enthusiasm has been washed out by the sudden outbreak of Corona Virus.

But if we look at the bright side we all got a chance to play Holi like we used to in our childhood days. Yes, you guessed it right, Pichkaris! As the infection spreads with touching you can avoid playing with your hands and instead use pichkaris and water balloons.

Still, if you want to be on the safer side and avoid playing Holi this year, well worry no more because where there is a will, there is definitely great food! As with the celebration, we also look forward to binge eating all mouth-watering delicacies unique to this occasion prepared by our sweet mommy.

No one can imagine Holi without the ever delicious sugar syrup dripping gujiyas. Native to Rajasthan, gujiyas are sweet dumpling filled with yummy cardamom flavoured mawa and dry fruits are specially made on Holi.image1_tonemapped

Along with gujjiya’s you can also prepare moong dal ka halwa, gulab jamun and shahi tukda that’ll just make your festival hip and happening.

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Another Holi munching treat is stacking up the plates with crunchy besan garlic papad to balance off all the sweetness. As Indians are very fond of Papads it is a perfect snack to indulge in.

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No one can miss the classic Holi special recipe made with milk, nuts and spices like saffron, fennel– Thandai!

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Don’t miss to try some colourful mocktails perfect for the spring season.

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Everyone’s favourite ‘Kheer’ always hits the right notes no matter whatever the festival is.

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Steaming hot puris with aloo ki sabzi is quintessential to this festival.

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Ah, how can we not celebrate Holi! Let’s get drenched in most mouth-watering delicacies.

Jaipur Beat wishes you all a Happy Holi 🙂

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Why Makar Sankranti In Jaipur Is Absolutely Not-To-Be-Missed

Hundreds of kites dancing in the sky, and us- on our terrace. That’s the memory every Jaipurite has of Makar Sankranti. Kite-flying is one of the most favourite and zealous festivals in Jaipur. It’s not just about flying kites but also about the battleground that the sky becomes and the way the whole group of family and friends gather up on their terraces and hoot and shout along with the music.

But this is not all! There’s so much more to this festival and the day marks as one of the most auspicious occasions of the year. Here are some of the reasons Jaipurites put their heart and soul into celebrating Makar Sankranti.

1. Pavitra Snaan and Daan
While lakhs of people take dips into the Ganges on Makar Sankranti around the nation, scores of people also arrive at Galta Ji Temple in Jaipur to bathe in the seven holy kunds there. The day is celebrated to worship the Sun God. It is considered that taking dips in the kund at Galtaji on Makar Sankranti absolves us of all our sins.

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To take a dip in the kund at Galta Ji Temple, you might as well trek up the small hill that exits the city from Galta and Surajpole gates. It’s a sight to behold when you see the amount of faith that Jaipurites put into worshipping on Makar Sankranti.

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People around the country also believe that donating clothes, jaggery, corn, ground peanuts and sesame is a good omen and brings prosperity.

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2. Harbinger of spring
Makar Sankranti falls on the equinox and the day and night are equally long. After this day, the days start to get longer and nights shorter. It also marks the onset of spring season. This also brings a welcome relief from the cold wave of the bygone winter.

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3. The Harvest Festival
Makar Sankranti is celebrated every year as the harvest festival of the country. The Rabi crop is harvested in the month of January and corn, mustard, peanuts, sesame etc. are the major crops harvested at this time. One day before Sankranti, i.e. on Lohri the new crop is offered to god through worshipping fire.

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4. Kite Buying
Kite buying is a serious affair in Jaipur. People don’t just by any random kites. They especially head to kite markets like Handipura, Haldiyon Ka Rasta, and Kishanpole bazaar to buy the best kites. It takes an understanding of the science behind the designing of kites in order to buy the best ones. You can find hundreds and thousands of kites in all shapes, sizes and designs according to your preference. Some of the popularly known designs of kites are Chaand-dara, Glass-dara, Mangal-dara, Aankhal-dara, Tripatta, Dadhiyal etc.

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5. Kite- Flying

A true jaipurite knows how to fly a kite and the science applied behind it.

It takes a lot of patience, time and effort to prepare for kite flying. The night before Sankranti the whole family sits together to put ‘tang’ in kites with white saddha.

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On Sankranti, everyone’s duty is sorted! Makar Sankranti food is all about pakode, moongfali, popcorn, khichadi, gajak, feeni, ladoo and papdi-chat and the children in the house go up and down the terrace for serving them. The youngsters become DJs playing the best songs the loudest.

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And oh! What an art kite flying is. As soon as the ‘Dangal’ starts in the sky, you can hear “Woh kaata” every five seconds from a terrace or two around!

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  1. The evening sky

As the day sets in, the kites start to come down and gradually the whole sky is lit up with fireworks and paper lanterns known as “Tukkals” or “Kandeel.” The night view on Sankranti is absolutely mesmerizing and one of those experience that is hard to get over!

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So if ever you plan to visit Jaipur during winter, make sure you don’t miss the intoxicatingly enthusiastic vibe of Makar Sankranti!

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Quirky Tales of Sibling Bond

Having a sibling is such a joy. Consider yourself lucky if you have one. To the outside world you would always change, but to this person you’ll always remain the same. You know each other so well that no one can ever break your bond. You have your own inside jokes, you love gossiping about family friends, you love making fun of each other but when someone else does the same you feel like tearing them apart. Well, this is an absolute treasure you got; do not forget to appreciate it, always! We would like to show you the timeline of your relationship through this blog. It is dedicated to all the brothers and sisters.

  1. Welcoming the new one

So here it is! This was the moment when you realised that somebody might steal your limelight. At first you were unhappy, but then when you saw them, your heart simply melted. You did not let anyone else touch them because you were the elder one.

  1. Going to school

One of the most special memories of childhood was going to school together. This included, your sibling stopping the honking school bus for you while you were still wearing socks, you meeting your sibling at brunch or feeling funny every time you ran into them in school and then coming back home together. Good old days, weren’t they?

  1. Constantly fighting

However cliché this might sound, it is true that you and your sibling fought on lame and petty issues. Not to forget, remote fights were essentially the time you proved each other who was the stronger one. Your constant “hatt” and “nikal” make your bond sweet. Your parents probably hate it, though. 😛

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  1. Discussing love lives

Telling your sibling that you liked somebody was always safe. They genuinely saw who’s best suited for you. Your sibling’s advice was never wrong. Moreover, you both enjoyed discussing the high school hotties together!

 

  1. Parting because of college

This felt like end of an era. Even if you don’t accept it to your sibling, low-key you know it is 100% true. Your lives changed, but the distance made your connection stronger. You sometimes think about the crazy time you spend together and miss going out on weekends. However, wherever you may go, you know you will always love them!

  1. Reuniting on festivals

You get excited each time festivals come around the corner. Since it is the only time for you to reunite and fight with each other, you look forward to celebrate festivals together.

  1. At the time of success

Your sibling’s success means everything to you. When they achieve their goal, it is like in a way you did too. You unintentionally show off their success like it is yours. Words surely can’t describe that feeling!

  1. Getting married

You actually realise what your sibling means to you on their wedding day. When you realise you and your partner-in-crime would no longer be living together, someone else might take your position of being no.1, it hurts. But you can never stop wishing for their happiness and success.

Even today when you see your sibling, you guys cannot resist but think about how much you miss the old days!

Tag your sibling and let them know that you appreciate their existence, and yes they are not adopted! 😀

Happy Raksha Bandhan !! 😀

Content credit: Neha Mantri