From listening to stories of the legends of Hiranyakashipu, Prahlad and Holika around the cozy bonfire on the previous night to splashing colors on each other in the next morning and marking a tikka on loved ones’ foreheads with respect, Holi – The Festival of Colors brings people together. People of all ages participate equally in showering joy on each other.
But, are there any dos and don’ts when it comes to Holi celebrations? Absolutely! The festival of colors is to make everyone feel blissful and it should never be causing discomfort to anyone which is why we should keep a few things in mind for a safe and sound Holi celebration.
The day everyone plays with colors is called ‘Dhuleti’ and it is almost carnivalesque in nature! While the celebratory mood obviously sparks joy within everyone but it is never pleasant to face an issue that might ruin the fun.
We should all avoid any discomfort and accidents that might take place and be careful while celebrating. A standard set of rules, some guidance will surely help. Here is a set of dos during Holi:
Go Organic with Colors
Organic/Natural/Herbal colors are always better than the synthetic ones because the synthetic colors can often be dangerous to the skin. You want to keep that skin healthy and happy especially while playing Holi.
Organic colors are good for your skin and hair; it’s always a wiser decision to go for them. You can find them online quite easily so it’s time to stock up!
Apply Coconut Oil
Apply a generous coat of coconut oil before playing with colors so that it becomes easier to remove and they will cause no skin problems.
Use Plenty of Sunscreen
Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Sunscreen! You must never avoid using enough of it. Lather yourself up with plenty of this magic potion being looking like a walking Rainbow!!!
You’ve got to protect those eyes from any harm and that makes it the best time to show those cool sunglasses off! Make sure you wear them at all times to protect the “mirror of your soul.”
They are comfortable, they are safe and they are perfect for a Holi Party; after all, what’s better than an All White themed Holi Party? Make sure that the material is cotton so that it’s good for your skin as well. Full-sleeves also come in handy to protect the arm from any harm.
Now that you have a set of rules to follow in order to celebrate a safe Holi, here are some don’ts that one needs to keep in mind as well. The festival of colors is surely a cheerful one and we want to keep it that way.
Avoid Skin/Hair Treatments
You don’t want your skin/hair to be sensitive or vulnerable to the Holi colors and usually after any skin/hair treatment, you are more prone to get irritation and damage so it’s better to avoid them before Holi; you can get a hair-spa/facial done after playing Holi.
Drink in Moderation
We all know the craze for Thandai and if there’s alcohol, it’s better when it’s taken in moderation because feeling hungover the next day is never quite a good feeling especially when it’s a working day.
Don’t Play with Anything other than Colors
Keep it restricted to Organic Gulal and diluted Colors only because they are safe for the skin. Don’t use mud, eggs or any other kind of junk to play Holi.
Avoid Metallic Colors
Metallic colors are extremely harmful to the skin so it’s always best to avoid them and make sure the little ones stay away from such harmful chemicals as well.
Play Only with Those Who Are Willing
Let’s keep the merrymaking festival a cheerful one for all; it’s not nice to drag people who don’t enjoy this festival of colors as much as you do so the tikka application remains at its best, just let them know of your affection in a subtle manner.
Make the best of this Holi by bringing near and dear ones together; you already have a list of things that you can follow in order to celebrate a safe Holi.