HOLI in different colors of languages:
Kannada: ಹೋಳಿ) is also known as Phakuwa or Phagwah
Odisha,Festival of Colours, or Dola jātra
(Assamese: দ’ল যাত্ৰা) Dol Jatra
West Bengal and Assam. Basanto utsav (“spring festival”)
Holi is a festival which has social,cultural, mythological and scientific significance.
The customs and celebrations vary between regions of India.
Holi is celebrated in the spring season which is a period between end of winter and advent of summer. This develops the growth of bacteria in our body and in the atmosphere. When Holika is burnt the temperature rises up to 145 degree Fahrenheit (50-65 degree celsius). When people perform parikrama (circumambulation or going around), the fire kills the bacteria. In this way our body is cleaned.Cleaning of house drives away harmful bacteria, fungus and micro and macro organisms.
This is the time when body experiences tardiness. To invoke spark in the life people sing songs i.e. PHAG, JOKIRA along with DHOL, MANJIRA and other traditional instruments.
The next day is celebrated as Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Phagwah.When the natural color and abeer is used for play then it has tremendous change in our body which promotes good health.
Biologist says that the natural colors makes us healthy and beautify our body by strengthen the ions in the body by enter into the pores of our body. This process strengths our immune system.
For making natural colors following plants parts can be used:
A little turmeric powder dissolved in water with double the quantity of gram flour (besan) ,
Henna powder, mixed with a little flour (Wheat flour/Maida/Talcum powder).
Gulmohar leaves should be dried.
Finely chopped dried fenugreek (methi) or mint (pudina)
Onion peels soaked overnight in the water. Peels should be removed to remove the smell.
Mix red sandalwood or sindoor powder with whole wheat flour or refined flour.
Turnip can be Grated
Tea leaves or coffee boiled in water
Natural colors are safe but it may be allergic to some so take care about others and play safe HOLI.
This HOLI may bring colors in your life.