Bhubaneswar: March is here and all are looking forward to celebrating the festival of colors with a lot of gaiety, especially young children. Holi marks the onset of the spring season and the end of winter.

As per the 2020 calendar, this festival will start on 9th March and end on the 10th of March. One can sense the essence of happiness these days. Also known as the “festival of love” as people on Holi merrily greet each other.

They exchange mouth-watering sweets and forgive all the resentments of the past. This festival occurs during the month of “Phalgun” according to the Odia calendar.

As per Indian customs and traditions, On Holi, we see the magical blend of vibrant colors, balloons, happiness, and love all around you. But while celebrating Holi, a lot of pollution is caused in various ways which hampers the environment. The usage of synthetic colors infects our eyes and skin which leads to skin-related ailments. However, due to more awareness in recent years, people have realized some of the health hazards due to harmful chemicals used during the festival.

So keeping these things in mind let’s celebrate Holi to its fullest by using eco-friendly products which include organic colors that we can make at our home easily. This Holi let’s make sure that we will take care of our beloved nature which is the ultimate source of all comfort.

Here are 6 ways to celebrate an eco-friendly and safe Holi 2020:

  1. Apply sunscreen overexposed areas of skin like the face and arms.
  2. Use eco-friendly herbal homemade colors.
  3. Avoid using plastic bags, balloons, varnish or chemical paints to play Holi.
  4. Do not throw colors over plants and animals.
  5. Never allow children to play unattended.
  6. Take a bath immediately after the celebration with a mixture of besan, curd, and turmeric which removes the colors efficiently.

You can make organic colors at home and share it with your family and friends for an exclusive Holi 2020.

Here is a list of colors which you can easily prepare at home:

  • Yellow: The easiest color to prepare is yellow. You can use turmeric powder which is easily available at home and is also beneficial for the skin.
  • Deep Pink: You can soak some pieces of beetroot overnight in water. A bright dark pink color would be obtained.
  • Orange: Heena leaves can be dried and mixed with water to get an orange color.
  • Black: Black grapes and Amla can be chopped and put into boiling water to get a purplish-black color.
  • Green: You can use dry leaves of neem and spinach which give a shiny green powder after blending.
  • Red: Flowers like hibiscus and rose can be used to get red color by drying their petals and later blending them.

You can mix rose water with these colors to have a fragrant Holi.

On the auspicious occasion of Holi, enjoy delicious food items like sweets, halva, Pani Puri, Dahi-vada, etc. Enjoy the day to its fullest. Play community Holi and strengthen the bond of love and friendship with neighbors. Also, don’t forget to be a responsible citizen. Enjoy a happy, colorful and eco-friendly Holi 2020.