In our bengali culture we celebrate “Dol” (the day before Holi) in a splendid way and on the day of Holi you would see people back to their normal routine.
I have very sweet memories of Dol from my childhood. I’m the single child of my parents, but never felt alone because of my cousins, they always surrounded me, and there used to be at least one get together in every two months.
On the day before Dol we used to visit a nearby place for watching “Holika Dahan” or “Nera Pora” in Bengali. The word Holika is used to refer “Asura” (Devil), and on that night pyres are burnt in the belief of destroying all the evil powers. On the way back to home we used to buy colors, balloons for filling colored water in it and hitting on each other.
On the day of Dol while the elder members of the family used to be in a reluctant mood, enjoying the government holiday, we the youngsters were the busiest person on earth. The day used to start with a sumptuous breakfast and then we kept ourselves busy with mixing colors with water, filling balloons with water, keeping the powdered colors on pocket for offering them to the elder members on the family. After getting tired of smearing enough colors on each other, we used to go out on the streets to find new victims. Any known person passing by the road couldn’t escape from our trap. The elders had to forcefully take us back home at noon and our faces were unrecognisable by that time.
Washing out the colors from skin was a tough task.
Finally all of us used to sit together to dig into the plates of piping hot Mutton Kasha and other mouth watering dishes.
Now, only the memories remain. Each of the cousins are at different part of the country and there has not been a gathering on Dol for the last 10years.
This year also, Dol was spent like any other holiday, tried to uplift the mood by making some Gujiyas, which are considered to be a mandatory part of the Holi Platter.
Unlike the conventional Gujiyas, I used spicy stuffing in it. Boiled some moong dal(lentils), soyabean and grinded them in mixer with some chillies and used this as stuffing.