Holi is an important North Indian spring festival, also known as festival of colors. Holi is generally celebrated on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalgun, which usually falls in March or sometimes early February. The celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is a free-for-all carnival of colors, where participants play, chase and color each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying water guns and colored water-filled balloons for their water fight. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships.
Finally April! The beginning of a new season and warmer days. After a long time off, for celebrating Easter in Åre, and a nasty cold that I got just before the journey, I’m now charged with new energy and longing for the barbecue season!
Today’s recipe is a refreshing early spring beluga lentil salad with kale and pomegranate served with lemon-tahini dressing. This is a great vegan and gluten-free midweek dinner recipe. Packed with proteins, healthy fats and vitamins you really want in your diet after all winter and early spring holidays. This lentil salad is just perfect for a Meatless Monday!