Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. It is the festival of fun, revelry and special food too – Kachoris , Dahi Vadas and Gujjiyas etc. And of all the items served, Thandai is most popular.
Though Thandai is made using saunf, mishri, elaichi, khajur, kalimirch, pista, khus, milk, cream, saffron, pista and badam and is traditionally green in colour. All these ingredients are boiled with milk and then cooled which is served in a special silver tumbler. But there are many variations done in different parts of India as per choice and preference of flavor. This drink is common in Banaras / Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
It is native to India and is often associated with the Maha Shivaratri and Holi festival.