Holi, the festival of colours, the celebration of love is here. This is the time to bring the community together & celebrate the victory of good over evil. The word ‘Holi’ itself draws smile and enthusiasm among the people as the festival is full of fun.
Rejoicing in the colourful gala includes a lot of customs, which originated from the old traditional stories.
LEGEND OF HOLI FESTIVAL
Mythology plays a significant part in describing the festival of Holi. The most popular stories of the festival relate to ‘Holika Dahan’ and ’Rangwali Holi’.
The celebration on the first day of the festival is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi. After sunset, people gather around the pyre, perform puja (prayers) and then light it. People even sing and dance around the fire. It indicates the triumph of good over bad.
The story regarding this has its root in the legend of demon king Hiranyakashyap. Considering himself as God he wanted everybody to worship him. But, his own son, Prahlada, a devotee of Lord Vishnu refused to worship his father. Out of anger, Hiranyakashyap took the help of Holika, his evil sister. Holika has a special power of being immune to fire. So, to kill Prahlada, she tricked him into sitting with her on a pyre. But due to her evil intentions, her power became ineffective. She burns to ashes. On the other hand, Prahlada was safe as he was able to gain the immunity. This symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
Rangwali Holi/ Playing With Colours
The second day of the celebration is known as Rangwali Holi or Badi Holi. The celebrations go until the day of Rangpanchmi. The celebrations are in memory of the devotional love of Lord Krishna and Radha. Krishna who had a dark complexion was jealous of his beloved Radha’s extremely fair skin. In a mischievous mood, he applied colour on Radha’s face. It’s said that lovers have continued this tradition ever since. Lovers paint their faces the same colour in celebration of Holi and as an expression of their love.
THE VIBRANCY OF THE SEASON
Today millions of people including young and old celebrate the festival of colours, marking the official arrival of spring. From lighting the Holika bonfire, playing colours & visiting friends and family with sweets. It’s this vibrancy of colours that brings a lot of positivity in our lives.
But haplessly, in present times Holi does not stand for all things beautiful. Like various other festivals, Holi too has become unfeelingly commercialized, noisy and however another source for environmental degradation. These days, Holi colours are selling sloppily, on the roads, by small traders who often do not know the source. Sometimes, the colours come in boxes that specifically say ‘for industrial use only’. These are very toxic chemicals like lead oxide, copper sulphate, mercury sulphite etc… These colours can make harmful effects on the human body.
Have you ever wondered how to make the fiesta of colours natural and healthy for our environment and ourselves?
Did you know that Holi can be fun and harmless if you play with environment-friendly natural colours? These are not only cheap but can also be made easily at home.
THE FASCINATING WORLD OF NATURAL COLOURS
Tryout with different flowers, fruits, and vegetables, leaves & plants. It is possible to make simple natural colours in one’s own way.
Yellow Colour: Mix one cup of turmeric with two cups of wheat or gram flour for bright yellow shade.
Blue Colour: Take bright Jacaranda flowers. Dry them out. Grind them into a fine powder to get a vibrant shade of blue.
Green Colour: One can use dry henna or mehndi powder.
Pink Colour: Take a beetroot. Grate it and soak it in water. After 8 hours it will give a deep pink tint to the water.
Red Colour: Soak hibiscus flowers overnight. You will get a red solution.
Orange Colour: Add hot water to pomegranate peels. Soak it for 5 hours to get a saffron orange.
Encourage the use of eco-friendly natural colours and motivate our friends to do so. By using non-toxic natural colours we can save our skins, our environment and our biodiversity. When we use synthetic colours it penetrates into the soil and water & adds toxicity and cause harm to the countless life’s that live in nature.
Make sure this Rangwali Holi shower joy, not chemicals.
Let’s enjoy the diversity of plants and trees that give us these colours.
Let’s celebrate Holi with #ColoursofNature.
Happy Holi! 😍
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