Holi is all about Gujjiya, Colors and Bhang, so are you ready to play Holi?
Finally the day has arrived. Happy Holi to everyone. Ready to be coloured? Well, Holi is perhaps one festival that never fails to bring out our crazy side! We just go crazy! Lot of people throw big Holi parties at their places. The bandwidth for the preparation of this festival ranges from getting the right skin cream to arranging the dirtiest and hard to get rid of colours. So are you ready to play Holi?
Holi does not happen on a fixed date each year; like many other festivals in India. It takes place on the day after the full moon in March. Water balloons and pichkaris, brightly coloured powders (gulal) and paint, water guns and sprinklers; the perfect way to usher in Holi, the exuberant and beautiful festival of colours.
Holi is a festival where everyone just go mad with colors. But we would like to mention something here,
if one person uses a single bucket of water (the minimum) to play Holi, he uses a minimum of 15 litres in a single day. Assuming that five lakh out of the estimated population of any city play Holi with water, there is a wastage of 75 lakh litres of water in the day. The amount doubles/triples when a person increases his usage and consumes more than a bucket for playing, bathing and cleaning, which is most probably the most common case as well – who plays Holi with one bucket?
How to play Holi this year?
If you are wondering that why we are telling this to you, then we just wanted to grab your attention towards some important points.
1. Find or choose correct people to play Holi with. Don’t go on streets or Indian metros as it could be highly dangerous. And especially it is not safe for girls.
2. Cover your skin with coconut oil and wear the clothes you can throw away. No need to buy new clothes for the festival. And if you don’t put an oil on your sensitive skin then you will have a hot pink face for a week.
3. North India always does it better. Holi is much more exuberantly celebrated in North India, and many towns and cities claim to have the “best” Holi atmosphere. North India celebrates every festival beautifully.
4. Go easy on lassi: Gujjiya and lassi are important sweet and drink without Holi is incomplete. Always try lassi or bhang in Holi.
What you should do this Holi?
Holi marks the arrival of spring, a season of hope and myriad colours, good harvests and fertile land. The festival also symbolizes the victory of good over evil with the burning of Holika.Holika Dahan or the lighting of the bonfire signifies this victory. Colours are sprayed next day with drums, traditional Holi sweet served gujiya, malpuas, puran poli, dahi vadas, etc. The different colours symbolize purity (red), friendliness (pink), vitality (green), etc.
In Bhuj, it is the festival of love between Krishna and Radha, while in Gorakhpur it celebrates the brotherhood of men. In Goa, it is a part of spring festival, and in Mumbai it is the season to “forgive and forget”, starting new relationships.
Here are ways to make this colourful festival a little less harsh on the environment:
1.Rang De Basanti – make your own colours
Don’t buy the packets if colours from the market. As it is filled with chemicals that can destroy skin. Make colours at home. Your friends and neighbours will love you for this, as there are no harsh chemicals to deal with and no side effects. Plus, they are easily washable from the skin and clothes, thus reducing water consumption drastically. Gram flour, turmeric, fuller’s earth, sandal wood powder, henna powder; these can be used to make myriad colours. Flowers like marigold and gulmohar, and vegetables like beetroot can be easily used to create fine colours. Everything is easily accessible.
2. Use your forehead – Tilak Holi
Move away from throwing colours and water balloons on each other. Don’t use water instead of wasting it you should safe it. Opt for a simple Tilak Holi, where you celebrate by applying tilak (a mark on forehead) on each other.
3. Say it with flowers – Phoolon Ki Holi
Beautiful Holi it is. You can celebrate Holi with flowers too. Many parts of North India like Lucknow, Pushkar, etc., indulge in this type of celebration. The fun and frolic gets tripled in this Holi with people dressed up as Krishna and Radha and ushering in spring and new life with flower petals.
4. Celebrate a waterless Holi
It’s your responsibility. Safe water as much as you can. No water in pichkaris, no hurling water balloons, paints and bags on each other. In short, a dry Holi is one with only colours and no water.
Take care of your skin
Holi is a great festival but it brings lot of problems too for the people. Especially your skin gets affected. So, here are some tips to take care of it:
1. While playing Holi wear dark coloured clothes. This makes cleaning easier with less water usage as well. So, no light and bright colours.
2. Apply coconut oil on hair which acts as a protecting agent and prevents colours from penetrating deep inside hair. You can wear cap or hat as well.
3. To prevent nails from being stained, coat it with a dark nail polish. It will get protected.
4. Moisturize your skin with heavy creams or oil. The thick layer formed will not let the colours seep deep. Protect your face with sunscreen and lips with petroleum jelly as well.
Holi and its various ways to celebrate!
Well, Holi is celebrated almost in every part of India but it is celebrated in different ways. As India is a country of rituals. So, here some different types of Holi you can play too:
1. Lathmar Holi – Barsana village, Uttar Pradesh
It sounds interesting? According to myths, Holi began in the Barsana region of India, which includes Vrindavan, Mathura, Nandgaon and Barsana. Interestingly, the festival here is celebrated with not just colors, but with lathis. As per tradition, women chase away the men with lathis. It’s not beating session though!
2. Khadi Holi – Kumaon region, Uttarakhand
Khadi Holi is played in the Kumaon region that includes mainly towns in Uttrakhand. As a part of the celebration, the locals wear traditional clothes, sing khari songs and dance in groups. People enjoy on their fullest extent. In this region, Holi is usually a musical gathering in different versions known as Baithika Holi, Khadi Holi and Mahila Holi.
3. Basant Utsav and Dol Jatra- West Bengal
Sweet West Bengal too celebrate Holi in their own unique way. The Basant Utsav is a way to welcome the spring season. On this day, there is a special celebration at Shantiniketan. Boys and girls dress up in saffron coloured clothes, sing and dance to celebrate this festival. On the other hand, Dol Jatra is a part of the main Holi festivities. On Dol Purnima, idols of Radha and Krishna are taken to the streets in a procession.
4. Shigmo – Goa
Goa’s Holi is also really fascinating. Shigmo festival is a massive spring celebration in Goa. It is one of the major festivals of Hindus. Here, traditional folk and street dances are done by farmers. Even tourists at Goa celebrate this festival with a lot of excitement.