People throw colorful powder at lively street parties during the Holi festival.

with chickpea flour, wheat semolina, and coconut cooked with ghee . Some ladoos are filled with pistachios or almonds. Most festivals are local by state or region, which celebrate some aspects of their unique culture and traditions. Festivals generally celebrate a particular deity, a religious or historical event, or a natural event such as the arrival of a certain season. All festivals are intended to spread cheer, bring the community closer, and strengthen family bonds. Southern Indian Cuisine The region’s wet, warm climate provides an abundant supply of fresh home grown fruits (oranges, mangoes, grapes, and the grapefruit-like langsat ), vegetables (a type of yam called chena and palmyra sprout), fish, rice, and lentils. While cooking traditions may



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