Holi Color Powder – How To Make Eco Friendly & Natural Holi Colours At Home

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Holi Color Powder – How To Make Eco-Friendly & Natural Holi Colours At Home: – Holi usually falls on somewhere between the end of the month February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar.

This day also signifies the start of the spring season and celebrated as a thanksgiving for the best harvest. Usually celebrated for a night and the following day, the first evening of holi is killed Holika Dahan and the following day as Holi, Phagwah. Holi is one of the most celebrated festivals in Nepal, India and few parts of Pakistan as well.

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Known as “The Festival of Colors”, holi signifies the victory of good over the bad evils. Usually celebrated during the arrival of spring after the winter ends, this festive day also means a day to play in the water, laugh with friends and family and forget, forgive and repair the old and broken relationships.

The festival of holy is celebrated with lots of joy and enthusiasm by people of all ages. From kids to grownups, everyone seems to enjoy this festival of colors equally. The celebration starts on the night before the main day with a ritual called Holika Dahan where people perform rituals in front of the huge bonfire and pray that all their internal evil be killed off or destroyed just the way Holika, the sister of evil kin Hiranyakashipu was killed by the fire.

All night long, the people pray in front of the fire that all their evil be burnt away and the good in them flourish for the rest of their life.

The next day is the actual day when people celebrate the festival of color with lots of colors and joy. People smear each other with various colors and drench each other. On this day, water balloons are thrown at each other just to celebrate with even more fun.

These days, people celebrate this festival in the open areas, streets, and parks where everyone gathers and share this wonderful moment together. Groups carry their musical instruments and go to different places singing and dancing and sharing the wonderful festival.

Usually, holi is celebrated by Hindus of all around the world. However, with a lot of Hindus people living around the world, this festival is famous even with non-Hindus in several parts of South Asia and the world in general. In recent days, this festival of joy and color has spread to Europe and North America as well as a celebration of love and colors.

No matter where, people seem to enjoy this festival as this festival signifies the victory of good over evil and is one of the best festivals which is celebrated with lots of joy, colors, and enthusiasm by every people. In Nepal and India, the public holiday is given to the citizens just so that people can celebrate it with lots of joy and happiness.

History and meaning of holi

Holi is one of the most beautiful festivals that is celebrated all over India and Nepal since ancient times. Originally, this was a festival celebrated as thanks giving ceremony for good harvest. Today, this festival is celebrated as a symbol of happiness, fun, and excitement.

The most exciting part of holi his playing it with lots of water and colors. This aspect of this festival still plays a significant part. It is the time when people throw water and rejoice in the color at the very start of spring.

The legend commemorated via the festival of Holi includes a wicked king as per the ancient mythology, Hiranyakashipu. He prohibited his own son Prahlad from deifying/worshipping Lord Vishnu, but Radhu endured to do provide prayers to the god.

Getting irritated with his son, The King challenged his son Prahlad to take a seat on a pyre together with his depraved aunt Holika who turned into believed to be resistant to the hearth. (In an exchange model, Holika put herself along with Prahlad on the hearth on orders from her brother.)

Prahlad widespread the mission and prayed Lord Vishnu to preserve him safe. Whilst the fire started, everybody watched in astonishment as Holika became burnt to demise, while Prahlad survived without a mark. The burning of the wicked sister of Hiranyakashpu, Holika is celebrated as Holi.

In step with some accounts, Holika requested Prahlad for forgiveness earlier than her dying, and he pronounced that she would always be remembered on the festival of Holy every year.

An alternative account of the basis of the holiday is associated with a legend regarding Lord Shiva, one of the primary Hindu gods. Shiva is thought for his meditative nature and his many hours spent in solitude and deep meditation.

Madana, the God of affection, determined to check his resolve and appeared to Shiva inside the shape of a beautiful nymph. but Shiva diagnosed Madana and have become very indignant. In a fit of rage, he shot fireplace out of his 1/3 eye and reduced her to ashes. that is occasionally given as the premise of Holi’s bonfire.

The pageant of Holi is also related to the long-lasting affection between Lord Krishna and Radha. in keeping with the legend, young Krishna complained to his mother Yashoda about why Radha became so truthful and he so darkish.

Yashoda counseled him to apply coloration on Radha’s face and notice how her complexion might alternate. because of this associated with Krishna, Holi is extended over an extended length in Vrindavan and Mathura,  cities with which Krishna is intently affiliated.

Krishna’s fans everywhere find special which means inside the joyous pageant, as general frivolity is taken into consideration to be in imitation of Krishna’s play with the Gopis (other halves and daughters of cowherds).

Use of colors and water in Holi

The central and main ritual of holi festival is applying colored water and powder on family and friends. On this day, the whole country is painted in hues of yellows, greens, blues, magentas, and many more colors. The colorful city carries the message of happiness among all the neighbors and family.

Bright colored powders are the backbone of Holi, at some point of which men, girls, and children carry powders and liquid colorations to throw and smear at the clothes and faces of pals and spouse and children. whilst dry powder colors are known as “gulal,” colors combined with water are known as “rang.”

Tables with the baggage of colors are coated up as acquaintances and circle of relatives look ahead to the others to go into the grounds. It’s an afternoon to rejoice and permit pass — loud song, neighborhood brews, and a laugh-filled chatter are all critical elements of the celebrations.

But most importantly, Holi is the day when you’ll see the streets and homes of India and Nepal doused in nearly every shade imaginable. Each color has importance in its own way. And there’s a coloration for nearly every occasion, second, or birthday party. each coloration symbolizes a pressure in life, and as a consequence shade and life are inseparable.

At the same time as the most popular colors are the brightest — blue, yellow, purple, red, purple, and green — there are colors which might be conspicuously absent, traditionally. Those consist of black and white.

The festival of holi is synonymous with colors, smiles, and gaiety. This festival is entirely celebrated with colors. However, the colors we use during the celebration is made us of chemicals that do nothing but give lots of skin rashes, allergies, and foul odor.

Whenever this festival arrives, I personally feel very weird. Deep down in my heart, I really want to get smeared in the colors and be in festive mood. However, at the back of my mind, I become extremely cautious of using the harmful synthetic colors that are not only harmful to health, but also for the environment. This usually gets me into a dilemma whether to not to play the festival.

There are various side effects of using synthetic colors. They cause respiratory problems and some people also suffer from eye and skin allergies as the chemical present is at a high level.

Few of the health hazards of chemical colors are as follows

Green:

The green color is used with copper sulfate that can cause temporary eye allergies and blindness as well.

Silver:

Silver color includes aluminum bromide. Aluminum bromide includes carcinogenic agents that could cause cancer.

Red:

Red, most people’s favorite color. Holi is definitely incomplete without this lovely color. But, your favorite color contains lots of mercury sulfite which are enough to cause mental retardation, cancer or even paralysis.

Purple:

The purple color is made up of chemicals one of which is chromium iodide that can cause various allergies and asthma as well.

Considering the fact that the synthetic colors are extremely harmful to the health as well as to the environment, we have to come up with the alternative to this. To our rescue, there are many organic products that are easily available in our kitchen that can be used to make homemade colors.

So, this festival, why not stay away from these chemical mixed colors and be more creative. We have lots of organic materials that can be manipulated to make various organic colors that are harmless and a pleasure to play with as well. With a few of the tips that I am going to share with you in this article, you can add lots more fun and joy and remain healthy at the end of the festival.

  1. Red Color

Ingredients required:

  1. Red rose
  2. Sandalwood powder
  3. Flour
  4. Beetroot
  5. Water

Method of preparation

The red color is called the queen of color as well. In the Hindu religion, red color signifies purity and is of utmost significance compared to other colors. Even the festival of holi is incomplete without this color. Now, with the red roses, you can easily make red color to play within this festival.

Here’s the recipe for this. to make the red color at home, first of all, dry the petals of a rose (red rose) in the sun until it becomes crisp. Once they are well dried, mix it in the mixer with a little flour to increase the volume of it. To make dry color, mix one portion of red sandalwood powder with one part of the flour.

Make powder of dry red hibiscus flower and add few portions of flour to it just to make more of it. Similarly, if you want to make wet color, boil some pieces of beetroot and strain the liquid. Add more water just in case you want to dilute the color.

  1. Yellow color

Yellow color symbolizes the peace, meditation and happiness. It also signifies learning and knowledge. Here’s a way to make this beautiful color naturally at home

Ingredients.

  1. Turmeric powder
  2. Gram flour
  3. Peels of pomegranate
  4. Marigold or Palash

Method of preparation

To make the dry yellow color at home, get a few portions of turmeric powder and add gram flour to it. It is as simple as that. Using this, you can get rid of dangerous chemicals that harm health.

Similarly, to make wet yellow color, mix turmeric with peels of pomegranate. But before mixing, you need to soak peels of pomegranate in water overnight and mix it well in the morning. Boil marigold or palish flowers in water and strain the water. In this way, you can easily make a yellow color for holi celebration at home.

  1. Green

Green is the festive color and also signifies happiness and life.

Ingredients

  1. Heena powder
  2. Mint
  3. Spinach
  4. Water

Method of preparation

To make green color at home, get some heena powder and mix it well with flour. This is as simple as that to make dry green color. In case you want to make wet green powder, use a paste of mint or spinach and strain the excess liquid off. Dilute it well by adding water in the right quantity.

Using this simple recipe and method, you can easily make green color easily at home and play with natural colors without being cautious of your skin.

  1. Brown color

The brown color is one of the best colors that enhances the fun of holi. Here’s one of the many ways to make this color naturally at home.

Ingredients

  1. Heena
  2. Gooseberry
  3. Turmeric

Method of preparation

To make brown color at home naturally, mix a few portions of heen with gooseberry and turmeric powder. In case you want to increase the volume of the color, add flour to it. On the other hand, to prepare wet brown color at home, you can mix paan kattha with water and get it to boil until you get the brown color you want.

  1. Blue color

Blue is one of the beautiful colors that also signifies determination and bravery. As per the Hindu mythology, Lods Rama and Krishna are both blue colored and they fought against evil.

Ingredients

  1. Indigo powder
  2. Flour
  3. Hibiscus flower
  4. Water

Method of preparation

To make Blue color at home, mix a small quantity of flour with indigo powder and powder of hibiscus flour. Before that, you need to make powder of Blue Hibiscus flower. In case you want to make wet blue color, mix indigo powder or liquid with water.

In this way, you can easily make blue color at home and get rid of chemicals used in synthetic holi colors.

  1. Black color

Normally in holi black color is the most ignored one. However, among teenagers, black color is used to make fancy faces and roam around the city.

Ingredients

  1. Green, red, blue and brown colors
  2. Flour
  3. Gooseberry (aamala)
  4. Iron vessel

Method of preparation

To prepare dry black color, mix all the colors like red, blue, brown and green color unless you get black color. You can mix flour to increase the quantity. In case you want a wet black color, you can soak gooseberry or amala overnight in a vessel made up of iron. Strain the black liquid in the morning.

  1. Saffron or Orange color

Saffron or orange color represents fire and purity. This color is one of the most beautiful colors that is used to enhance the happiness of the holi festival.

Ingredients

  1. Tesu flower
  2. Flour
  3. Kesar or saffron
  4. Henna powder

Method of preparation

To make saffron or orange color at home, you can soak the flower overnight in water overnight. This giver perfect saffron color in the morning. Similarly, to make wet orange color, you can soak a few strands of saffron in water overnight and dilute it with water once the wet color is ready.

Red colorIngredients

Red rose

Sandalwood powder

Flour

Beetroot

Water

Method

Dry the petals of a rose (red rose) in the sun until it becomes crisp. Once they are well dried, mix it in the mixer with a little flour to increase the volume of it. To make dry color, mix one portion of red sandalwood powder with one part of the flour. Make powder of dry red hibiscus flower and add few portions of flour to it just to make more of it.

Yellow colorIngredients

Turmeric powder

Gram flour

Peels of pomegranate

Marigold or Palash

Get a few portions of turmeric powder and add gram flour to it..

To make wet yellow color, mix turmeric with peels of pomegranate. But before mixing, you need to soak peels of pomegranate in water overnight and mix it well in the morning. Boil marigold or palish flowers in water and strain the water.

GreenHeena powder

Mint

Spinach

Water

Get some heena powder and mix it well with flour

In case you want to make wet green powder, use a paste of mint or spinach and strain the excess liquid off. Dilute it well by adding water in the right quantity.

Brown colorHeena

Gooseberry

Turmeric

Mix a few portions of heen with gooseberry and turmeric powder.

To prepare wet brown color at home, you can mix paan kattha with water and get it to boil until you get the brown color you want.

Blue colorIndigo powder

Flour

Hibiscus flower

Water

To make Blue color at home, mix a small quantity of flour with indigo powder and powder of hibiscus flour.

In case you want to make wet blue color, mix indigo powder or liquid with water.

OrangeTesu flower

Flour

Kesar or saffron

Henna powder

To make saffron or orange color at home, you can soak the flower overnight in water overnight. This giver perfect saffron color in the morning. Similarly, to make wet orange color, you can soak a few strands of saffron in water overnight and dilute it with water once the wet color is ready.

On final note

The central and main ritual of holi festival is applying colored water and powder on family and friends. On this day, the whole country is painted in hues of yellows, greens, blues, magentas, and many more colors. However, using synthetic colors could be very harmful to the health of people.

Considering the fact that the synthetic colors are extremely harmful to the health as well as to the environment, we have to come up with the alternative to this. To our rescue, there are many organic products that are easily available in our kitchen that can be used to make homemade colors.

So, this festival, why not stay away from these chemical mixed colors and be more creative. We have lots of organic materials that can be manipulated to make various organic colors that are harmless and a pleasure to play with as well. With a few of the tips mentioned above, you can add lots more fun and joy and remain healthy at the end of the festival.

Writer: Hari Adhikari


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