Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Holi - the Festival of Colors !!!

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 !!!
Traditional Colors:
In the past, people used bamboo to make pichkaris or water guns. The colors were traditionally made of NeemKumkumHaldiBilva, 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. 
photo via: affairwithcolor.com
The Drink:
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

Holi is on March 7th in 2012 !! Stay tuned for more holi themed activities on Putti Prapanacha !!

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Lovely blog Roopa.very informative and great clicks.

my painting is looking good on your blog :) :) :) Thanks a lot :)
I liked all the photos here but the colourful gulal photo and Putti's holi photo

the colourful gulal photo and Putti's Holi photo is my most favourite. wish you a very happy holi :)

I love this very colorful blog idea. Thank you Roopa:) Please visit my blog @ http://casamarias.blogspot.com/.

Wow! That looks incredible and I love learning about other places and cultures in the world. I can't imagine a more fun holiday than to go around painting your friends and family with bright colors and getting painted in return. Very cool.

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That looks like so much fun. Looks like it falls during the week. Will you celebrate the Saturday before or after or is it done on the exact day? Vicky from Mess For Less

Love your Painting!! Waiting to see what you make this year. Thanks

Thank you !! I love you blog and have been following it on facebook for a long time now. Good to see you here:)

All that color is absolutely breathtaking!

Thanks Michelle!! Oh yes it is a lot of fun:)

In India it is celebrated on the exact day. But those of us staying abroad do it over the weekend after!!

What a beautiful post!! And LOVE that photo of your little girl (almost) at the end! Looks like such fun!

Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


Hi roopa.
Great ideas for holi. Check out my post on Salty treat for celebrating holi at http://experimenting-mom.blogspot.in/2012/03/celebrating-holi-salty-treats-for.html . Sorry for giving this link in comments. Just wanted it to reach you.

Thank you mansi for the link, will check it out.

amazing blog the pictures are awesome......

Thanks for sharing! I'm hoping to get a little book put together for my daughter for Holi this year since we've been working on our Hindi Color words. http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2012/02/bilingual-babies-learning-colors-with.html

Thanks Maggy! There might be a celebration in London too which you might join.

Thanks Kim !! I have seen that post of yours and commented too:)

THANKS! Here it is! http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2012/03/bilingual-babies-holi-fun-to-welcome.html

I would love for you to link up activities like this that teach children about other languages and cultures at my weekly link-up "Say it Two Ways Thursdays". Link up at http://toddlefast.blogspot.com/search/label/Say It Two Ways Thursdays.

That is so cool. Thank you for sharing!

Lovely and wonderful images of festivities! Thanks for sharing them. And my warmest holi greetings to you :)

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