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Holi-Day Concerns

After the euphoria of Holi is over we are left behind with itchy and raw skin, a nauseous feeling which may progress to vomiting, headache, breathlessness, irritation in the eyes and drowsiness.

So what do we do? Stop playing Holi? No way! this is one of the most colorful festivals and it should be observed in the proper spirit.

Before stepping out to enjoy the festival of Holi, massage the whole body with body oil. You can use common vegetable oil too. The areas that are exposed should get a generous coating. This simple measure ensures that the colors do not stick to the skin. As a result, it is easier to remove them later. If there are any cuts or abrasions, remember to seal them up with tape to avoid infection.

Let us shun the unnatural chemical colors. Many organizations and NGOs have come up with alternative herbal colors that are non-toxic. They also do not destroy the biodiversity balance. Made of natural products, they cause no harm to the body.

For the more adventurous, there is the option of making the colors at home. For this, all you need is a little innovation

Red: Dry the petals of some red-hued flowers like hibiscus and rose in the sun. When completely dry, powder them and use as gulal. Not only will it have the natural color, but also the divine fragrances of the flowers too. Peels of pomegranate and carrots boiled in water give the wet red color.

Orange: The marigold flower is a good source of orange color. The dry powdered form can be used as gulal and boil the petals in water to get a deep wet color. Another flower that can be used is tesu or the flame of the forest. Henna leaves could also be used for orange color. The paste looks green but when applied will leave a deep orange stain.

Pink: Boil beetroot in water to get a deep pink color. Grate black gajar and add water to get a beautiful purplish pink hue. Boil onion peels to get pink color.

Green: For green color, a paste of green leaves such as spinach, coriander and mint would be ideal.

Yellow: from turmeric.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • If someone applies some chemical color forcibly, do not panic. Flush the point of contact with plenty of water and soap. Remove the soiled clothes. If ingested, induce vomiting, move to fresh air. If the affected person gets unconscious, get medical attention immediately.
  • Playing in an enclosed space could cause accidents. Ensure that the children play Holi in an open space.
  • See that they are wearing skid proof footwear to avoid slipping mishaps.
  • Discourage water filled balloons.

Holi is a wonderful festival that spreads gaiety and happiness. Played in the true spirit, it will help bridge the various animosities floating in the society.


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Sia Mitra is a freelance writer and blogger with more than a decade of experience. She has written for most major publications like Femina, Prevention, Complete Well-being, Child, Mother & Baby, Parent & Child, Womens Era, etc.

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2 thoughts on “Holi-Day Concerns

  1. Ramya

    One more tip from my own experience – apply oil liberally on your child’s hair, and vaseline on all exposed surfaces – the colours wash off easier.

    I also used rice flour as a base and mixed haldi and kumkum to get home made yellow and red colours – worked well when my kids were very young.

    Now they ask for the ‘hot’ pink colour that is difficult to make at home!

  2. Sia Mitra Post author

    I have written this myself. Mostly its drawn from my experience.Technical details of course I researched.


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