Indian Holi Food

Of course Holi is well most well known for the colorful powders and water which people douse one another in, but the savory and sweet favors and aromas of food are just as joyous and just as important. The classic Holi food is the Gujiya/Gujia, a deep fried dumpling stuffed with milk solids, fruits and nuts, and warm spices like cardamom and nutmeg. One must assume the Gujiya has been either hidden away or already eaten by the photographer as only the samosas, saag paneer, paneer pakora, biriyani, chicken karahi, naan, and gulab jamun remain.

Helen Yeryomenko, Indian Holi Food, 2018. Digital Photograph. ©Helen Yeryomenko/Getty Images. All rights reserved.

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Holi (Sanskrit: होली Holī) is a Hindu spring festival that is celebrated across the Indian subcontinent and by the greater South Asian diaspora across the world. Aside from being the festival of colors, Holi is a time to celebrate unbridled joy, love, and the triumph of good over evil. Through visual art, this installation highlights some of the spirit and traditions associated with Holi such as throwing colored powdered and spraying colored water through pichkari at friends and family and poojas (religious ceremonies).  

This collection is the result of generous donations from the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, the MGH Department of Dermatology, and the MGH Employee Resource Group Leaders Group.

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