Happy Holi!


Photograph showing The Bachchan in Sholay (1975)

Happy Holi!

My mum emailed to remind me that today is the Hindu festival of Holi. Holi is the holiday commemorating the sparing of Prahlad (see Wiki or Beeb) and is, basically, the celebration of Spring. It is also known as the festival of colours. Powered colours are thrown, booze is consumed and a bhang, a slightly intoxicating mixture containing cannabis, is drunk.

Years ago, I asked the blokes serving the bhang at our Mandir in London’s East End whether there was actual cannabis in the bhang. They told me that there was, but it was a minuscule amount. So no chance of seeing some granny getting high. Oh well.

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