We all know how excited kids get when they hear about HOLI. Be it buying their favorite cartoon pichkari or different colors from the market. They find fun in everything related to HOLI and make this festival more colorful for us with their cute activities. “Aji Bura Na Mano Holi Hai” makes everyone smile.
WHY WE CELEBRATE HOLI
Legend is that it’s a festival of celebration to outs the evil. Hindu celebrates this festival on arrival of spring. It is celebrated at the beginning of March. People forget their bitterness and forgive each-other this day. Holi is a wonderful festival to make new relations, to live broken relation same alike we cannot identify colored faces who is ugly and who is beautiful, enemy or friend this festival says forget everything just enjoy and dance with everyone.
A night before Holi, we celebrate Holika Dahan where all wood put together and set on fire. Below picture is of my home where we carried prasad from the fire, a night before Holi.
Holi Etiquette while playing with colors
There are some etiquette to play Holi. Holi is a festival of happiness hence, it is necessary to be happy and let others make happy too by following some simple Holi etiquette while playing with others.
• Never put color on one who does not like it or without their consent for the same.
• Throwing color and water filled balloons is a bad practice as when it thrown at a person, its impact can cause injuries to the eyes and other body parts as well.
• Do not play with pichkari and water as it is waste of useful water.
• Apply color once you get consent of the person and do not apply it on eyes, wound , ears and mouth.
• Holi is fun filled festival gives happiness and we should take care of others happiness too. So do not throw colors on plants and animals.
Tips to keep in mind while playing Holi
• Always use herbal or organic colors. You can also make your own color at home. Continue reading the post to find some simple recipes of Holi colors.
• To prevent your kids skin from gel based color, massage exposed area of body with oil, vaseline, moisturizer especially, face, hands, neck and hair also.
• Encourage kids to drink enough water to keep energy level up.
• Tell them never eat food or drink thandai outside at unknown person’s place, It could make them dizzy as there could be herbs that make them feel uneasy and sleepy.
• Weather normally changes at Holi time hence kids may feel cold and fever. Therefore, say no to Pichkari or balloons and play Holi with herbal colors only.
• Make your kids wear full sleeved shirts and long pants to protect skin.
• It is also necessary to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful color. As it can cause of swelling, redness and even blindness.
• Make sure your kids play Holi in adults’ supervision.
Keep an eye on your kids and do not let them put color in mouth as it could cause severe reactions such as vomiting.
• Keep your First-Aid Box ready with you for any emergency if arises.
• At last, when you are done with playing colors take immediate bath and after having bath apply cream on exposed area to smooth en the skin.
So friends by keeping these tips in mind we can make this Holi really “A Happy Holi”.
Recipe of making harmless Holi color at home which I learnt from my MIL
It was my first visit at my in laws’ paternal village last year for “Holi Celebration”. It was a good experience meeting different people there. They all were very polite and asked for my consent before putting colors on me. The colors had a nice fragrance and were not at all harsh to my skin.
I have a sensitive skin so something that did not cause any damage to my skin would be good. Hence i asked my mother-in-law about these colors. Her answer was unbelievable as she told me that these colors are made of flowers. She went ahead and shared the process of making colors from flowers.
She told me that in her village old people mainly male persons collects tesu or palash flowers from their farms or bagh and dried them in sun and then ground these into powder form. Some people mixes telecom to create strong fragrance, but you can mix rose leaves for fragrance. These colors are not harmful that even after playing Holi with these colors you will feel fresh and vibrant.
So let’s celebrate this Holi with Home made Colors and please share your experience too. Happy Holi to all readers.