Join our friends from the Sahyadri Friends Group and their families in celebrating Holi 2021 from home this year.
Sahyadri Friends Group, a collective of Indian families based in Coventry, have created a range of exciting activities to help you celebrate Holi safely from home on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 March 2021.
First, let’s learn a little bit about the story of Holi.
Holi celebrations usually include some very messy fun with coloured paint powder called ‘Gulal’.
Now you’ve learned a little bit about Holi, you’re ready to join in the celebrations! Sonam Jaju will teach you make some beautiful paper flower decorations from things you can find around the house.
No celebration is complete without a few dance moves. Allow Chaitrali Chitre to show you some step-by-step Bollywood moves you can try at home.
If you’ve worked up an appetite from dancing, perhaps you’d like to try out some traditional Holi recipes. Ankita Kothari and Chaitrali Chitre have written recipes for Thandai and Puran Poli. Click the links below to open them.
Wishing you a very Happy Holi from the Sahaydri Friends Group and Coventry UK City of Culture Team.
Who are Sahyadri Friends Group?
Sahyadri Friends Group is a collective of 250 Indian families based in Coventry, founded in 2016. They are united in their mission statement to ‘respect differences and celebrate diversities’.
Made up of people from different parts of India, with different cultural and religious backgrounds, the group has become one big family. They help one another to make Coventry a home away from home.
With a focus on supporting emotional wellbeing and mental health, the group arrange regular events and activities, ranging from coffee mornings to cricket matches. These events help the families to socialise, make friends, discuss problems and find support.
In just five years, the group have become a regular contributor to some of Coventry’s favourite community events, including Positive Images Festival, Coventry Welcomes and Shoot Festival. They also worked with local organisations Coventry Libraries, Godiva Lions and Langar Aid. Their community contributions saw them receive the ‘Peer Award for Excellence’ at Voluntary Arts Epic Awards in 2020!