We are sure you all enjoy the festival of colors, Holi! The festival is all about a lot of fun, water splashing and bright hues.
It is also about sharing love and warmth with family and friends.
And being a little mindful about nature and all things natural is becoming a part of celebrations in festivals too. And that truly is about sharing the love for nature, the environment and the planet. Because love is natural.
How is Holi associated with nature?
Holi is a two-day festival celebrated in India and also Nepal. It is celebrated usually in February- March. We say goodbye to the winters and welcome the lovely spring. In fact, the happiness of the festival is in sync with the natural surroundings too. Just as colors are sprinkled on each other on holi, nature too is laden with colorful flowers in bloom.
Love is natural in the outdoors, as much as it is within us, our friends, families and close circles. Family, neighbors and friends gather to put the differences to rest and celebrate holi.
But before we talk about the festivities, let’s read a short interesting story about Holi.
Why is Holi celebrated?
According to a legend, king Hiranyakaship asked his evil sister Holika to sit with his son Prahlad (devotee of Lord Vishnu) in the fire. Holika had a magic robe that was supposed to keep her safe in the fire. But the fire burnt Holika and Prahlad was untouched because of his true devotion and love for the Lord Vishnu.
Holi is, therefore, celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil.
How is Holi celebrated?
On the eve of Holi
People burn the effigy of Holika along with junk or waste into the bonfire and offer prayers too. This is called Holika Dahan which signifies the burning of evil.
But do you know that burning Holika or lighting the fire has a deeper meaning? Holika Dahan actually encourages all of us to burn or destroy all evil thoughts within us. It teaches us the importance of honest values and doing good to others.
In many ways, protecting natural resources and living a lifestyle in rhythm with nature is also a message that we can spread this Holi. We could definitely start by adopting organic colors, organic fabric clothes and organic foods this Holi, if not more.
Family, friends, love, friendship and colors
The day after the Dahan, Holi is celebrated with a lot of energy and excitement. People apply gulaal on each other. Also, everyone usually wears white cotton and linen clothes armed with an artillery of different colors. Sometimes there is open splashing and sometimes, you can be tricked too! So be careful for you never know when your friend smacks you with a bout of colors before you even know it.
There is bonding, coming together and a lot of love for family and friends. Do you notice, each year, this bond and love is natural?
It is a great time to also think about our love for nature. Love is natural and when we think about our environment too, there is added purity and affection in all celebrations. So why not pass over artificial and chemical colors and try organic gulaals this year. And also how about encouraging using less water and more of organic colours.
Traditional dishes, organic foods and receipes
And is any festival quite complete with sumptuous meals and snacks? On Holi, besides the singing, dancing and dashing of colors there is also tasty delicious food.
Dishes such as puran poli, thandai, gujiya, dahi bhale can tantalize your palate. However, keeping celebrations aligned to nature you can definitely give organic foods a try. Nutritious and natural, one can use organic wheat, sugar, milk, etc. to prepare the traditional dishes without compromising on taste and health. Do check out what organic foods suit children of different age groups?
Choose your colors – Love is natural
Holi is all about bright colors. Red, blue, pink, green colors are splashed all around. These colors are applied on your face and bodies too. So what kind of colors would you like to use? Should the colors have harmful chemicals or would you rather use natural colors?
We are sure you would want to use natural colors! They are safe and do not cause any allergies to the skin. So make sure to buy natural, herbal, or organic colors only. In fact, did you know you can also make colors for Holi at home?
Sandalwood mixed with rosewater or coconut oil can give you yellow, spinach, or neem powder can make green and dried rose petals crushed together can get you the red gulaal color for sure.
Try these out with some help and let’s try to spread more love and fun in a natural way. Why not make your very own safe and natural colors this Holi!
Now though Holi means doing a lot of ‘masti’ one should be mindful of safety. Keep the colors away from your’s or someone else’s eyes, nose or ears. And please avoid water balloons. It might seem a lot of fun throwing a water or color balloon from your terrace onto people who are passing below. But it is dangerous because the force of the water can hurt them too.
Also, apply herbal and natural personal care products like moisturizer or herbal oils before going to play Holi, so that it’s easier for the colors to come off when you take bath.
Holi is a wonderful festival because it’s bright, colorful and full of frolic and fun. It is also the time when nature is at its best, with butterflies buzzing around and flowers blooming. The days are longer, the sunsets are late and the farmers are happy after a good harvest. There is happiness all around and Holi is a perfect way, or rather a colorful way to celebrate this time of the year with family and friends.
And going organic during the festival also means respecting the environment around you and counting it as an important part of your celebrations. Because of course, when love is natural, festivities and celebrations can go natural too!
We wish you a happy Holi and hope you have a safe and swell Holi this year! Happy Holi!