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Thandai is a cold drink prepared with a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, watermelon kernels, rose petals, pepper, vetiver seeds (green grass native to India), cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar. It is often associated with the Maha Shivaratri, Holi or Holla Mahalla festivals. Thandai is made using a number of nuts and spices which are said to have a cooling effect on the body and hence the name “Thandai”, which in Hindi means “cooling”. It is a very refreshing and delicious drink.