Holi is the festival of colours, joy, and happiness. It’s one of the most well-known festivals in India and is celebrated in many other parts of the world like England, Canada, South Africa, Australia, etc. as well. It marks the beginning of spring, a season associated with fertility, vibrancy, and warmth.
The festival is just around the corner and before we indulge in celebrations, here are a few simple tips for a happier Holi for you and for everyone
1. Burning Away The Evil
On the eve of Holi, we burn the bonfire also known as Holika dahan to symbolise the victory of good over evil. When practised consciously, this is a fantastic tradition. Instead of burning wood that contributes to deforestation and air pollution, use cow dung cakes for the bonfire. Cow dung cakes are anti-pollutants and have anti-radiation properties that do more good than only reducing pollution. The ashes can also be used as fertilisers for plants and trees.
2. Where’s The Party
For the celebrations, it’s best to have a dedicated space so that those interested can enjoy the festival without dirtying other areas or disturbing others. Depending on the approximate number of people, you can either choose the backyard or the society compound or any open space. Select an area a little away from the building or parking zones to protect walls and vehicles from any damage. It’s advisable not to pick a concrete floor to avoid accidents.
3. Let’s Play Holi
Opt for a dry Holi. Avoid water balloons, pichkaris or paints since these can lead to water waste and cause other serious injuries. Colours with chemicals and paints are not easily washable and can cause severe skin infections. Playing Holi with natural colours is the most ideal way to celebrate this festival. Make your own colours by using everyday items at home and exercising your imaginations. Check out a few tutorials on the internet. Such colours are harmless and can easily be washed off.
In many cities like Pushkar and Lucknow, people play Holi with flowers. It’s not only beautiful but arguably the most eco-conscious way to celebrate this festival. Just make sure the petals are disposed properly in dustbins.
4. The Flavours Of Holi
Each Indian festival has its delicacies. The menu for Holi includes a plethora of sweets ranging from dry ones and those dripping with sugar syrup to fried savouries. However appetising these may taste, most of them aren’t good for our stomach and health in general. So does that mean we forsake the flavours of Holi for being healthy? Absolutely not! Just make sure you indulge in moderation.
As mentioned, always designate an area away from buildings and vehicles for the celebration. However, if the walls do not escape unscathed, we’ve got you covered.
If the wall paint is washable, use a damp sponge and softly apply it to the wall in a circular motion until the colour disappears or lightens. If it’s a non-washable wall paint, soak the colour off with wet tissue paper and then apply a mixture of baking soda and water on the stained areas. Let it dry for 15 minutes. Next, gently clean the paste with a soft, microfibre cloth. Rub the cloth on the wall in a circular motion softly until the colour is gone.
If nothing works out, you can always opt for a DIY renovation. Remember, art is not what you see but what you make others see!