Flowers bloom on trees,
Crops dance in the fields,
There're lustre and gaiety all around,
With multicolour hues making a rainbow,
The whole nation becomes one,
To witness the celebration of the most colourful festival - Holi!!!
Holi is a unique Indian festival of colours, which is celebrated on the full-moon day in the month of Phalgun. People sing and dance. There is joy in the villages too, as the farmers rejoice with the commencement of the harvest season.
Story of Holi
There are many stories throughout India that are associated with Holi. Every state in India has a different story to tell. In some regions, this festival is associated with Lord Krishna playing colour with Radha and gopis.
But the most famous story behind this festival is that of Prahlad and King Hiranyakashyap. Hiranyakashyap was a demon king who believed that he was all-powerful. He ordered in his kingdom that people should stop praying to God and pray to him instead. But his own son Prahlad, who is was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu, refused to do so. An angry Hiranayakashyap plots to kill his own son with the help of his sister Holika. Hiranayakashyap asks his sister to sit by the fire taking Prahlad on her lap. Holika had a boon that she will remain unharmed by fire. But the reverse happens. Holika gets burnt and Prahlad remains safe.
Thus, a bonfire by the name of ‘Holika Dahan' is organized a day of Holi. This ritual symbolises victory of love and devotion over evil.
Science behind Holi
The above is a story related to mythology. But this festival has a great Scientific Significance behind it. Holi is celebrated at a time of the year when the winter season is coming to an end and the summer season is about to commence. The temperature all around is moderate. This gives a rise to a number of harmful bacterias in the atmosphere and also in the body. The ritual of burning the bonfire and going around it helps in killing these bacteria.
Besides, the colours also have their own impact on the body. Biologists believe that rubbing colours on the body is a way of treating the body by colour therapy. It is said that the colour enters the pores and strengthens the ions in the body. This gives a beautiful glow to the skin.
Play a Safe Holi by using Homemade Natural Colours
There are many kinds of Holi colours available in the market. Many of these have chemicals in them that may be harmful to the skin and the eyes, especially for young children. These days organic colours are available, or we can also make Holi colours at home. These home-made colours are not harmful to the skin.
A little turmeric powder dissolved in water with double the quantity of gram flour (besan) can be used for yellow colour.
Henna powder, mixed with a little flour (Wheat flour/Maida/Talcum powder) can be used for green colour.
Onion peels soaked overnight gives a pink colour to the water. To remove the smell, peels should be removed.
Magenta colour can be obtained by mixing grated beetroot in water.
Red Hibiscus flowers soaked overnight gives a pink tint to the water.
Mix red sandalwood powder with whole wheat flour or refined flour to get a pink colour.
These natural colours are safer to use, as instead of harming the skin, they give a glow to the skin.
Have a safe and happy Holi!!!
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