Holi 2024: Follow these 9 tips to celebrate safe and eco-friendly holi this year

This year, Holi will be celebrated on March 25. As we prepare to lovingly smear colour on our friends and family and dance to Bollywood songs, we must not forget about safety.

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Holi is popular and significant Hindu festival celebrated as the festival of colours, love, and spring. It celebrates the eteranal and divine love of the deities Radha and Krishna. Additionally, the day signifies the triumph of good over eveil, as it commemorates the victory of Vishnu as Narasimha over Hiranyakashipu. 

This year, Holi will be celebrated on March 25. As we prepare to lovingly smear colour on our friends and family and dance to Bollywood songs, we must not forget about safety. 

Here are some tips and important precautions to follow, if you want to enjoy the festival safely and healthily:

Protect Your Skin and Hair: Apply coconut oil or moisturizer liberally to your exposed skin and hair before stepping out to play Holi. This will create a barrier between your skin and the colors, making them easier to wash off later. 

Play with Herbal Colors: Traditionally, Holi colors were made from natural ingredients like turmeric, beetroot, and neem. These colors are safe for the skin and environment. However, many chemical-laden colors are available in the market today. These colors can cause skin irritation, allergies, and even temporary blindness. So,  stick to herbal colors whenever possible.

Shield Your Eyes: Wear sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes from the colors.

Keep Your Mouth Shut: Avoid inhaling or ingesting colors. Try not to breathe through your mouth while playing Holi, and avoid putting your hands in your mouth.

Hydrate Yourself: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and flush out any colors you might have ingested accidentally.

Dress Appropriately: Wear old clothes that you don't mind getting stained.

Be Wary of Balloons with Water: Throwing water balloons can be a fun way to cool off during Holi. However, be careful not to throw them at people's faces, as the force of the impact can cause injuries.

Clean Up Properly: After playing Holi, take a shower with lukewarm water to remove all the colors from your skin and hair. You can use a mild cleanser to help remove stubborn colors.

Do not drive while high on bhang or alcohol: During the joyous festival, many adults enjoy consuming bhang-infused drinks and alcoholic beverages.