Let the colours of Holi spread the message of peace and happiness!

Holi is considered one of the well-regarded and famous festivals of India and it is celebrated in almost every part of the country. It is also sometimes called the “festival of love” as on this day people get to unite together forgetting all resentments and all types of bad feeling towards each other. The vibrancy of colours is something that brings in a lot of positivity in our lives and Holi being the festival of colours is actually a day worth rejoicing. The ritual starts by lighting up the bonfire one day before the day of Holi and this process symbolizes the triumph of good over the bad.
But the coronavirus scare has dampened the mood for many for the Holi celebrations across the country this year too. Not only have the Resident Welfare Associations and housing societies across the national capital region and other cities called off the Holi events. The sale of Holi toys and other items have also taken a hit. Holi goods are lying unsold. Almost 80 per cent of the Holi toys had come from China before December when the coronavirus scare first surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan.  Holi is a social festival and large groups play together and it takes one infected person to start-off the transmission. It is not worth the risk. We should take the following necessary precautions before participating in the celebration of Holi ---
1.The best option would be to play with natural homemade colours or with organic colours. The organic colour is made from natural, safe ingredients. It doesn't contain chemicals found in typical hair colour, such as ammonia, sulphates, parabens and resorcinol, which are thought to be harmful to your health. 
2. Make sure that your face is well creamed before and after the Holi celebration.
3. Oil your hair well, so that colour doesn't stick on your hair and can be washed off easily later.
4. Cover your hair. Make use of hat or caps to protect your hair from being coloured with hard-to-rinse dyes.
5. If you are prone to skin allergies, avoid playing with gulal altogether.
6. Don't wastewater. The scarcity of water is a burning issue in various places.
Remember, the Holi is a time to reach out to the colours of joy. It is time to love and forgive. Wish you a very happy and wonderful Holi. May your life always be filled with the colours of joy and happiness! 

Happy Holi!

- Prabhakar Purandare

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