Close friends of ours, Courtney and Rahul who have kids close to our kids’ ages, invited us to a celebration of Holi in their neighborhood (Side note: Courtney and I have been friends since preschool. Kind of crazy when I look at my kids now). Holi, also known as the Indian “festival of spring”, the “festival of colors”, or the “festival of love”, is a Hindu festival that celebrates the arrival of spring. We participated in the festival of colors, which is a free for all where people smear each other with vibrant colored powder. It was gleeful and intoxicating.
FEELING IT (Jasmine, Courtney and I)
This celebration was particularly special because Courtney told me that she had an unexpected death in her family this week and how difficult of a week it has been for all of them. She said that having the celebration was cathartic and, honestly, it was cathartic for me as well. I’ve been more overwhelmed than usual and experiencing some anxiety lately. It felt good to have fun, throw paint and hug friends. Even more fun was watching Ellington’s utter glee as he enjoyed the celebration. He kept saying, “more paint more paint!” Sienna, on the other hand, wasn’t into it at all – maybe next year!
I didn’t get any photos of the wonderful food, but I left haven eaten way too much carne asada, amazing Indian food, the best cornbread ever and a cream puff. It was a potluck – they had someone grilling carne asada and chicken, Courtney and her sister-in-law, Ritu, made delicious Indian food and all their friends and family brought food and drinks. They live in a cul-de-sac and invited all their neighbors so they blocked off the street with cones and the kids ran wild.
One of their good friends owns Park’s Finest in Echo Park – its a Filipino BBQ spot and and HOT DAMN its legit. They brought some cornbread that none of us could stop eating. It might have been the best cornbread I’ve ever had. They also brought slow cooked wagyu beef – it was delicious and melted in your mouth. And that crust – the flavor was outstanding.
Ellington wanted to throw the paint at anyone!
(In case your wondering, they told us to bring clothes we don’t mind messing up, but so far everything has come out clean!)