Khaa key gujiya, pee key bhaang,
laaga k thora thora sa rang,
baaja ke dholak aur mridang,
khele holi hum tere sang.
Holi is celebrated at a time of the year when the fields are in full bloom and people are expecting a good harvest. Reason enough to celebrated the festival with merriment and fervor.
A few days before the festival, the market is flooded with riot of colors, both dry and pakka colors , which are mixed with water.
The market place becomes a riot of colors with gulal, and heaps of dry colors in every hue. Not to be missed are pichkaris which are a great favorite with children.
The festvial of Holi, secvond only to the most important festival of Indians, the Deepawali is also very popular with Bolly wood. The Holi celebration of R K Studio belongiong to the kapoor family and at Pratteksha, the home of Superstar Amitabh bachhan are important events in Mumbai.
Holi songs have found their way into several movies, perhaps the most famous being Rang barse from the movies Silsila.
In almost every neighborhood in North India, people smear color on each other and wish each other Holi mubarak. The children are extremely excited and move aroun in tolis, drenching anyone and everyone with colourful water with their pichkaris. Not to be missed are water balloons which are thrown at every passerby by the joyous children. Buckets full of colored water and even pipe hoses are used to revel and celebrate this colorful festival.
Amidst the exciteemnt and celbration there is reason to be cautious. For many chemicals are present in the colopirs which canl lead to serious health problems. Silver color contains silver aluminiums bromide which is carcinogenic. Black color contains lead oxide which can lead to renbal failure. Green color contains copper sulphate which can lead to temporary blindness.
So there are several options to making home made colors. marigold flowers, tesu flowers, haldi, beetroot to name a few. And if you dont want to go to the trouble of making these colors,
thankfully there are healthy options in the market selling herbal and organic colors.
So, this year on HOLI gorge on gujiya, indulge in bhang pakoras, and play safe Holi with organic colors. Wishing you HOLI MUBARAK!