Announcing Holi – The Festival of Colors Event and Giveaway

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Holi is the festival of colors. It is a religious festival of the Hindus and is majorly played among the Hindu communities all over the world; it’s a day for your inner child to come out. It is observed as a national festival in India, Nepal and the neighboring countries.

The earliest mention of observing Holi can be dated back to the 7th century Sanskrit drama, Ratnavali. People gather scrap wood, and other substances to burn in a large bonfire on the evening prior to Holi celebration. Back in my school days, burir ghaur porano (the bonfire) was such a rage that me and my cousins used to start collecting wood almost a week before the day.

The festival of color as the name rightly suggests is more of a game than a ritual, unlike all other Hindu rituals and customs. It is all about playing with colors on that day, spraying colors at one another. And, of course the hour long shower to rub off all those colors.

A Hindu festival without food is almost impossible. Fried snacks and sweets are all on the menu. My maternal aunt used to observe Gopal pujo (worshipping Lord Krishna), and so the chaler payesh was something to never miss.

This year even though I am miles away from playing holi with my family, I thought of enjoying with you all. So, announcing Holi – The Festival of Colors event. Blog about your favorite Holi food and share it with us.

This time your work will be awarded. The two best recipes will receive 1000 INR and 500 INR e-gift voucher from Flipkart. The prizes are sponsored by promo code . CupoNation is India’s largest coupon portal offering the newest deals and promotions from great brands in India. Make sure to check their website if you want to buy something online in India, they really have great deals from almost all major online traders in India.

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Rules of Holi – The Festival of Colors event:

Bloggers –

  1. Blog about your favorite Holi food that you love to prepare during Holi, link back to this event announcement mentioning the giveaway sponsored by promo code   and please use the event logo
  2. Submit your links and other details in the following form

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or send in a mail with the following details to bengalicuisine[at]gmail[dot]com

           ii.Blog Name
           iii. Blog URL
           iv. Recipe Name
           v.Recipe URL
           vi. Photo of the prepared recipe
  1. Last date of submitting your entries is March 10, 2013 12 midnight PST. I’ll be posting the event round-up along with the names of the winners before Holi, March 27, 2013.
  2. If you want to send any archived entries please update it with a link to this event announcement post.
  3. There is no limit to the number of recipes you send. So, send as many as you want and increase your chances to win the awards.


Non-Bloggers –

  1. Please send in your recipes to bengalicuisine[at]gmail[dot]com along with the photo of the prepared dish
  2. I’ll post these recipes in our blog, Cook Like a Bong as guest posts with due credit to you and add these links to the round.

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Inviting recipes for Father’s Day – Contest

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The urban dictionary defines the word “Father” as the guy who criticizes you for everything you do, and never admits that he is wrong. But whether you admit it or not, fathers’ are the best support. He was there during your first knee bruise, your first breakup and even to celebrate your graduation.  And, of course fathers are the ATMs (read, all-time money). It’s just a month left to celebrate a day for this awesome man. Father’s day is generally celebrated on the third Sunday of June in some countries and in other dates in the different parts of the world.

It would be interesting to know how Father’s Day came into practice and celebrated worldwide with an equal sincerity and respect as any other significant holidays. Here’s a short history on the holiday, and meaning of the different colors of roses to be worn that Day. You may even refer the page to others to share the information by clicking on the link given below.

About 4,000 years ago a young boy named Elmusu wished his Babylonian father good health and a long life by carving a Father’s Day message on a card made out of clay. No one knows what happened to Elmesu or his father, but the tradition of having a special day honoring fathers has continued through the years in countries across the world.

The Countries, where the Catholic Church were of significant influence on the culture of the society, Father’s Day is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day (March 19). However, a more secular celebration which is not associated with any religion is followed in recent times to highlight the increased diversity among people from all over the globe coexisting together in one place.

Father’s Day is celebrated popularly on 3rd Sunday in June in many parts of the world. The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her father, Henry Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora’s father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.

In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. President Nixon, in 1972, established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. So Father’s Day was born as a token of love and gratitude that a daughter cherishes for her beloved father. Roses are the Father’s Day flowers: red to be worn for a living father and white if the father has died.

Just a month to go for Father’s Day and we at Cook Like a Bong are here to celebrate with you all. Send in your dad’s favorite recipes, your stories about your father, and any gift ideas for the day, or just send a photo of yours with your father – we’ll publish here on Father’s Day (19th June, 2011).

Blogger friends can write about it in your blog adding a link to this post, and we’ll be happy if you use this logo in your posts. Non-bloggers can send in your entries directly to us as a .doc file. The image size must be less than 80Kb.

Send in your entries to bengalicuisine[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject line  “Father’s Day entry”. The last date for sending your entries is midnight 15th June PST. The best entry will win a surprise gift from Cook Like a Bong.

Mention your

  • Name:
  • Blog Name:
  • Type of entry: Recipe/Stories/Gift Ideas/Photos
  • Blog URL:
  • Post URL:
  • Attach the photo along with the mail.
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Event Announcement: Tried and Tasted Recipes

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I am very honored to declare that Cook Like a Bong will be hosting this month’s Tried and Tasted event. The event was originally started by Zlamuska and now carried on by Lakshmi of Kitchen Chronicles. All my thanks to Lakshmi for letting me host this event.

For this edition of the event, we have chosen the Quick Indian Cooking blog. The blog is hosted by a very dear lady, Mallika Basu. Mallika started this blog back in September 2006 and had been spreading the spices and charms of Indian cuisine since then. You can choose from a variety of recipes from her blog including vegetarian, fish, chicken, and mutton recipes. She also is the proud author of Miss Masala (you can get the book from Flipkart and Amazon).

The rules are simple:

1. Cook any recipe from Mallika’s Quick Indian Cooking and post about it. Stay as true to the original recipe(s) as possible. Therefore, there is no need for re-posting it, simply link to the original post.
2. There is no time-frame for the original recipe. It can be as old as my grand-mother or new ones.
3.Have you cooked from Blog of the month before? As this event is all about tasting and reflecting on the taste, older posts are also welcome. Simply link to this post and mention T&T event.

4. Link your post to this announcement and to the Lakshmi’s post . Please always link to both sites, so both blogs are given credit and you are avoiding copyright issues. We would love to see the event logo on your post.

5. Send an e-mail to bengalicuisine[at]gmail[dot]com with the following details-

  • Your name
  • Name of your blog
  • Recipe name
  • Your post URL as well as the original URL
  • A picture (300px by height, please).

6. The last date for entries is January 20, 2011 and the round up will be posted within a week.

7. Non-bloggers are more than welcome to participate. Simply e-mail me with your experience of what you cooked and if possible please include a picture.

A special thanks to Ksenia for creating our Logo each and every month.

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