Holi, the festival of colours, is celebrated in India and Nepal by playing with colours and water through the day. The celebration marks the arrival of spring and the farewell to winter. Playing Holi is an exorbitant experience, and anyone who has been involved in one would remember the enthusiasm shared as a refreshing one. Do you like to put colours on people and extend your gratitude for the joys life brings? Consider a few tips and suggestions before starting your first holi and make it safe and joyous.
Play safe. Don’t get too boisterous and do not let others be rude to you.
The best option would be to play with natural home made colours. Your skin and hair will feel tampered with the use of products that are not suited to your skin.
If natural colours are not possible, then ensure that the colours are of a better quality. Buy colours from a reputed shop or vendor.
Make sure that your face is well creamed before and after the play.
Apply a thick coating of paint on your nails – both in fingers and toes so that they remain protected.
Oil your hair well, so as to prevent the colour from sticking. This will also help you wash off the colour easily later.
Cover your hair. Make use of hat or caps to protect your hair from being coloured with hard-to-rinse dyes.
Make sure that powder or any other product does not get inside your eyes. Use sunglasses to protect your eyes from a misfire of colour filled darts or water jets.
If you are in no intention to play holi, avoid going outside your residence as far as possible, at least for the peak hours of celebration.
If you are prone to skin allergies, avoid playing with powdered colour altogether. It’s better to take a prevention than visit a dermatologist after the damage is done.
Avoid running on jumping on wet floors, you might slip and injure yourself.
Avoid over indulgence in bhang, drinks or food. Locally prepared ingredients could be have strong amounts of intoxicators as these do not stick to a strict recipe. Do not drive if you are high on alcohol or bhang.
Keep pain-killers, anti-oxidants, anti-allergic tablets or other medicine in handy for emergency cases if you feel you need them.
Take a bath much later after the entire Holi celebration is over, as people don’t tend to stop even if you are done.
(PS: Holi is celebrated within local communities or groups of people in a collective way. It is illegal to force someone to join the celebration against their will. You can take help from the police if any untoward revellers misbehave.)