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March 05, 2015

Holi -The Festival of Spring (Colors)

Holi is the carnival of Colors
Holi is the Welcome to Spring
Holi is a welcome to joy In Life
Holi is a resemblance of  Life stages
Holi is the festival of blooming
Holi is a triumph of good against bad
Holi is a festival of Love
Holi is a festival of frolic (play ), singing and dancing
Holi is a festival of cheers
Holi is a festival to forgive and mingle
Finally Holi is the festival for all  irrespective of their age, color, status

Holi is celebrated through out the world mainly in India, Nepal, Europe , West Indies , Mexico U.S.A depending upon their customs and traditions .
Though this festival is called with discreet names , the joy of celebrating  , the festive mood and the reason to celebrate this festival are same .This is celebrate to end  the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalgun
It is celebrated by splashing colored water playfully on each other , and chasing to splash .
In India it starts with a bonfire called Holica , on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is the carnival of colors . People visit family, friends and foes to play , laugh and chit-chat, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks.
In Utah U.S.A about 80,000 people gather in ISKCON temple to celebrate and invite spring colors.
The colors used in this celebration have significance which exhibit several shades of human behaviors .
This splashing and chasing to splash different colors shows us that we are a complete pack of different shades like anger, peace, happiness, calm , sadness, love but we accept what we are by celebrating .Depending upon regions there are many stories describe why we celebrate this festival .
Whatever the story behind the festival ,we all enjoy celebrating the festival.
Not all colors are used to play , red, yellow, green, purple, orange, pink which represent anger, joy, hope/life,nobility, attraction and love respectively .
As these colors can be acquired naturally without adding any artificial or synthetic chemicals they does not cause any harm to skin or eyes . So, people or authorities take caution while buying colors /powders
You can prepare some at home too organically ,like in olden days where people used only these organic colors to splash .

  • Red:Dried hibiscus, kokum can be used 
  • Yellow: mixing turmeric with chickpea flour gives organic yellow color 
  • Green :mixing henna or dried spinach or dried coriander or tender wheat leaves gives different shades of natural and organic green
  •  Orange: Dried Tangerine, mandarin, oranges, or some flowers like marigold gives vibrant orange color
  • Purple: Cabbage (red ) soaked in water along with some baking powder yields best and natural purple color 
  • Pink: Dried roses or petals of purple colored chrysanthemum yields pink 
So, friends enjoy this Holi with your family , friends  with naturally homemade or buying organic natural colors .


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