10 Tips for Fun and Frolic Holi

 

Holi marks the arrival of spring, a season of hope and myriad colours, good harvests and fertile land. Geysers of colours erupt in the air, the atmosphere is filled with energy, young and old can be seen dousing each other with colours and coloured water, and immersing themselves in masti and maza (fun). Its Holi time and here are some tips to help you celebrate the festival of colours with your friends and family in a fun way.

  • Learn about the significance of Holi
    There are various mythological stories attached to Holi. According to a legend, Lord Vishnu vanquished a demon princess called Holika by burning her to ashes. To this day, Holi is celebrated with bonfire in many parts of India marking this victory of good over evil. Another popular story is that Lord Krishna applied colour to Radha’s cheek on this day. And as these sweethearts represent harmony in love, it’s a charming image and connotation.
  • Organize an evening of Bonfire rituals and celebrations
    Holika Dahan or the lighting of bonfire takes place on the eve of Holi. Dancing around the bonfire to songs accompanied to the beat of drums makes the atmosphere electric. What better way to bond with your friends and family! For uninterrupted fun and jovial celebrations, remember to take necessary fire-fighting precautions and ensure kids maintain a safe distance from the bonfire.
  • Send gifts to your loved ones
    Holi is all about fun, frolic and colour. And what is a better way than sharing this joyful festival with your friends, family and loved ones, whether sitting close or far, by exchanging your token of happiness. Make sure the gifts convey the feelings of care, love and respect for your dear ones. You can gift your loved ones a box of dark chocolates, a box of almonds, or even an organic Holi kit. Healthy gifts like almonds are a natural source of many essential nutrients, including protein and healthy fats, making them a nutrient-rich snack that can help keep you going throughout the day.
  • Make your own colours for Holi
    Make colours at home. Your friends and neighbours will love you for this, as there are no harsh chemicals to deal with and no side effects. Plus, they are easily washable from the skin and clothes, thus reducing water consumption drastically. Gram flour, turmeric, fuller’s earth, sandal wood powder, henna powder, flowers like marigold and gulmohar, and vegetables like beetroot; these can be used to make myriad colours.
  • Throw a Holi party in style
    Throw up a Holi bash for your friends and family. Plan out the party well in advance; choose a destination with ample amount of open space to fit the numbers. Don’t forget to organise live music with a dance floor, arrange for herbal colours, buckets, pitchkaris (spray gun) and inflated tube pool, or use sprinklers to enjoy the rain dance party and carry the mood of festivity.
  • Make delicious sweets to soothe the sweet tooth
    A box of sweets along with plenty of colors is a must in Holi because they go well with the mood of this fun festival. Add dry fruits and nuts like almonds to the sweets to ensure they are delicious and crunchy. Also try the delicious Almond and Amaranth Ladoos that is sure to delight your senses because almonds offer natural goodness in every bite. So go ahead and celebrate this Holi like never before!
  • Serve delicious drinks to the guests at the party
    For drinks, you can consider serving thandai, milkshakes and lemonade as they act as good coolants. You can serve a variety of drinks like chilled Badam Milk. It is nutritious and tasty at the same time. So go ahead and plan a Holi party for that awesome fun time with your friends and family!
  • Add exciting snacks to the menu
    After playing Holi for hours, one works up a huge appetite. Keep the theme Indian, because Holi is a quintessential Indian festival – people, music and foodl! Biryani, Chole Bhature, Pav Bhaji, Chaat and Paneer Tikka would definitely make people drool, but would add on tons of unwanted calories! So why not include healthy food options such as bhuni shakarkandi aur badam ki chaat, badam ki shammi, sugar-free gujiyas, grilled almond burfee, Arbi Aur Badaam Ki Tikki and other such options in the menu! Arrange for snacks that can be easily eaten with a tooth pick. Cover the snacks with a cloth to protect it from Holi colours and water.
  • Take precautions to protect your hair and skin while playing Holi
    Apply sunscreen over the exposed area of skin like face and arms. Oil the hair well before venturing out to play Holi. Maintain adequate hydration by drinking water as the hot sun will tire you out. Keep a first aid kit ready for any emergencies. Take a bath immediately after the celebration to rid the skin of all those hues of colours and moisturize the skin to avoid any rashes.
  • Safe Holi is happy Holi
    Do not use eggs, mud, and varnish to play Holi. Do not apply colours in areas near to eyes, nose and mouth and open wounds. Do not pour colours over plants and animals. Do not play with colours if you have known allergy to colours or you are an asthmatic. Do not apply kerosene to remove the colours. Never allow the children to play unattended. Remember, play safe for a truly colourful Holi!