Holi Hai ! Make a commitment to eco-friendly Holi.

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Holi is a well-known ancient Hindu festival also known as the "Festival of Love," "Festival of Colors," and "Festival of Spring.". The festival commemorates Radha Krishna's eternal and divine love. Holi is India's most colorful festival. The festival has a beautiful blend of vibrant colors and the great indulgence of celebrations that bring the day of fiesta to life. This colorful festival of Holi commemorates the victory of the Almighty over the demon and serves to remind us all of the power of goodness.

Celebrations are very important in our lives. However, while we are engrossed in celebrations, we must also recognize the importance of the environment around us. It is our responsibility to look after it. So let us celebrate Holi in an eco-friendly manner this year. An eco-friendly Holi celebration will be no less than the way we currently celebrate it. Here are a few environmentally friendly ways to enjoy Holi while also taking care of the environment.

Holi

The Hidden dangers of Holi Colors

Despite their beauty, the multicolored powders used during Holi conceal a dangerous secret.

To make Holi colors bright and vibrant, industrial dyes are frequently used. These industrial dyes are less expensive than other dyes, but they have a significant impact on human health and environmental well-being. Synthetic Holi colors frequently contain cheap and toxic ingredients such as mica, acids, alkalis, and glass shards.

Metallic pastes are the most dangerous, but some dry colors contain a mix of heavy metals and asbestos or silica. Gentian violet, a toxic chemical in high doses, is commonly found in wet colors. Exposure to Holi colors can cause skin irritation and eye problems due to the ingredients.

When celebrating Holi, it is critical to protect yourself by wearing sunglasses and applying coconut oil to any visible skin. Learn more about how to stay safe and protected during Holi.

Toxic Holi color

Eco-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Holi

1. Have a Holi party with natural colors.

The best way to celebrate this colorful festival is to play Holi with natural colors. Make your own natural colors by combining turmeric, Chandan, and henna in various combinations using your imagination. These colors are safe to use and can be easily removed. If you don't have time for a DIY project, buy eco-friendly colors. Not harm to the environment and fun to the fullest.

Natural and eco friendly colors

2. Reduce Water Waste

Water conservation, as we all know, is an urgent necessity. In many parts of Maharashtra and other parts of India, there is a scarcity of water. Play dry Holi to avoid wasting water. You can avoid spraying water on others by not using Pichkaris.   

Water based Holi

3. Eliminate using balloons and plastic bags.

Holi is a festival dedicated to spreading joy. However, the use of plastic bags and balloons can result in injury or damage to some external organs as well as the environment. So, starting this year, let us all avoid using plastic bags and balloons and discourage others from doing so in order to have a safe and joyful Holi. 

Water balloons

4. Use flowers to honor this colorful festival.

The most adorable way to celebrate Holi is to play with flowers. Dress up as Radha – Krishna and play eco-friendly Holi with flower petals. Fill your celebrations with music and dance joyfully to the beats. Did you know that decomposed flowers act as a great organic fertilizer for the soil? Holi has been playing with flower petals since the time of Almighty Krishna, so let us incentivize the old ways and make this Holi filled with both the bright colors of blossoms and the pleasant aroma in the air.

Holi being played with flower petals

5  Avoid the use of irrelevant colors

It is always preferable to celebrate all festivals, including Holi, in a safe manner. Using inappropriate colors such as oil paints, gasoline, mud, or other such chemical products can severely harm your health as well as harm the environment.

6. Emphasize the Traditional Aspects

We all love food and parties. So why not celebrate the Holi festival by organizing a party with traditional dishes like ‘Puran polis,’ ‘malpuas’, and ‘gujiyas.’ celebrate Holi with a colorful party involving traditional Holi dishes which are delicious and sumptuous.

Malpua

Action Taken by Environmental Groups

Following the publication of these studies several environmental groups took up the cause to encourage people to return to a more natural way of celebrating Holi. Amongst these,

  • Navdanya, Delhi published a book called Abir Gulal, which spoke of the biodiversity that was the source of natural colors.
  • Development Alternatives, Delhi and Kalpavriksh, Pune have developed educational tools to teach children simple ways of making their own natural Holi colors.
  • The CLEAN India campaign has been teaching children how to make beautiful natural colors.

Environmental Consciousness Amongst People

It is a relief to notice that the awareness about the environmental impacts of celebrating Holi is being brought to light by various NGOs. And gradually, more and more Indians are choosing to turn to a more natural and less wasteful way of playing Holi.

To know about Zero waste Diwali click here 

 Articulated by - Palak Vijay

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