What is the significance of playing with colors in the festival of Holi?
The spring season, during which the weather changes, is believed to cause viral fever and cold. The playful throwing of natural coloured powders has a medicinal significance: the colours are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva, and other medicinal herbs prescribed by Āyurvedic doctors.
Why do we see more of synthetic colors nowadays?
Natural colors were used in the past to play safe Holi by applying turmeric, sandalwood paste, extracts of flowers and leaves. As the spring-blossoming trees that once supplied the colors used to celebrate Holi have become more rare, chemically produced industrial dyes have been used to take their place in almost all of urban India. Due to the commercial availability of various attractive color pigments, slowly the natural colors are replaced by synthetic colors. As a result it has caused, mild to severe symptoms of skin irritation and inflammation.
In today’s world, is there a way to celebrate Holi with natural colors?
Society For Child Development (SFCD), a non-profit organisation, runs a project called Avacayam. One of the objectives of the project is to contribute to the society by helping it play a safe holi. They collect waste flowers from temples, hotels and other institutes and recycle those flowers to create natural Holi colors. The final output is called Holi ke Rang.
Where can I buy Holi ke Rang?
From The Happy Store, a store for unknown Indian artisan, their art and craft as well as showcase their skills in various traditional craft forms.
Address – C-84, Shivad House, Prithviraj Road, Opposite Crossword, C-scheme, Jaipur
Contact – 9352830010
Being the nice people that we are 😉 JaipurCityPost has collaborated with The Happy Store to make this Holi easy on your pocket.