Holi is a Hindu Festival of Colors !! It falls on the full moon day in the month of Phalguna, early March. Holi celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. It also commemorates many legends that are present in Hindu mythology. It is one of the most exhilarating religious holidays. During this event, participants hold a bonfire, throw colored powder at each other, and go absolutely crazy !!!Pin It Now!
In the past, people used bamboo to make pichkaris or water guns. The colors were traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva, and other medicinal herbs prescribed by Ayurvedic doctors. Spring season, during which there is an increase in viral fevers and colds and the playful throwing of natural colored powders has a medicinal significance and was helpful. For wet colors, flowers of Palash (flame of the forest) are boiled and soaked in water over night to produced yellow coloured water, which also had medicinal properties.
Unfortunately the commercial aspect of celebration has led to an increase in the use of synthetic colors which, may be toxic.
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A special drink called thandai is prepared commonly in most parts of Northern India. It is made of almonds, pistachios, rose petals, etc. It also sometimes contains bhang (Cannabis indica). Physically, bhang is said to be good for so many ailments from indigestion to fever to dullness. Mentally, it is said to make you very alert. And spiritually, it is supposed to raise you to the plane of ecstasy. According to traditional nutritionists, it is a complete food that corrects any deficiency in the body and strengthens the immune system.
Protection from Colors:
Children and adults rub strong oils like mustard or coconut oil all over their body. It is to ensure that the multiple layers of colors that are painted on them come off easily. Oil acts as a protective layer and does not let the colors get absorbed directly by the skin.
More exciting photos of Holi here.
More play with colors for holi - Qtips painting
Holi is on March 7th in 2012 !! Stay tuned for more holi themed activities on Putti Prapanacha !!
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