Celebrating Holi — and saying goodbye to artificial colours

BY SURJIT SINGH FLORA

The Indian people have inherited many festivals from their creations or traditions, which are celebrated and enjoyed by many to fulfill their aspirations and desires. Holi is also a popular ancient Hindu festival, also known as the “festival of spring”, the “festival of colours”, and the “festival of love”.

 The festival, which signifies the triumph of good over evil, will be held on March 28. The famous saying “Nine days and thirteen festivals” refers to a continuous caravan of festivals. The festival is a colourful glimpse of human life.

 It is an outward manifestation of the realization of the human being’s aesthetics and is the supreme emotion bound and enshrined in the spirit of his collective progress. Unity, partnership, togetherness, love, sacrifice, etc., the expression of many concerns, deeds and deeds are inherent in festivals. Holi is also a festival where there seems to be an endless and continuous human unity flow and harmony.

Holi is celebrated not only in Punjab, but all over India, especially in Northern India. It is not a festival associated with any one religion. It is celebrated by people of all faiths with great enthusiasm, without any discrimination. This festival is a pillar of communion and community unity! The usage of flowers’ blossoms and their colours, like yellow, red, pink, orange, white etc., seem to evoke an image of unity, especially in human diversity.

This whole natural scene and environment give humanity the kind of play, exhilaration and happiness from which harmony is born. Festivals bring new vigour, aspiration and excitement to our lives. A symbol of love, the ‘festival of colours’ is an important Indian festival celebrated locally as well. It is believed that on the day of Holi, people forget their old grievances and embrace each other and become friends again. Children look forward to this day so that they can have fun with their friends.

 If a few things are taken care of while celebrating Holi, it will be the icing on the cake. Herbal or natural colours can be used to enjoy the Holi festival with full vigour. There are many types of adulterated dyes, which are used to paint the skin, available in the market, which are made by mixing glass, chemicals, copper sulphate, etc. They can cause irritation, itching, allergies etc., on the body.

Participants of Holi should only buy paints after testing. There are many harmful chemical dyes sold in the market, which can be detrimental to the skin. It is important not to use artificial colours if possible. Synthetic dyes can have many side effects on the skin.

Wear full sleeves while celebrating Holi to protect the skin from discoloration. Holi is also celebrated by eating sweets, but participants should take caution that the dye does not get into their mouth while eating sweets. This can lead to abdominal pain and many other stomach problems. Wash your hands thoroughly before eating anything.

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Surjit Singh Flora
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