Tips for Safe Holi

Holi is a festival of joy and colours. However, one should always be on alert to prevent any accident that may mar all the fun and change the scene to a sad one. Here are some Dos and Don'ts that are necessary to really enjoy Holi to its fullest. Remember to use these precautions to enjoy the festival of Holi safely.

Holi is meant to be a rough festival with tradition of applying colours to the guests and friends with or without their consent. Any kind of rudeness is totally forgiven on this day but these kinds of fun should also be participated under a certain limits. Fun, food and colours is all that should spread on this holy day of Holi. You should always remember to use these small precautions so that no one that you know or love gets hurt unknowingly.

•         Sunglasses go a long way in keeping your eyes safe from the harmful chemicals of the colours.

•         Wear old and ragged clothes that you can easily discard while playing Holi, as your clothes may never look wearable again with all those colour stains.

•         Wear full-sleeved t-shirts or shirts and leggings that cover your legs fully. Socks will be a good idea too.

•         Brightly collared and dark collared clothes are preferable for the mood of the day.

•         Granted that it is almost impossible to save you face from attack of colours, so while being attacked, keep eyes and lips tightly closed.

•         If you are playing Holi, apply a thick layer of coconut or any oil on your body and hair till they glisten and you become slippery.

•         This will not only help in escaping from the frenzied mob attack but also will help you to wash off colours easily later on.

•         While washing off the colour, use lukewarm water and keep your eyes and lips tightly closed.

•         If you are traveling, keep the car windows tightly shut. Better still; avoid traveling on Dhuledi, the day of playing colours.

•         Use a hat, cap or anything like that to protect your hair from being collared with hard-to-rinse dyes.

•         If you like to play Holi use dental caps to save your teeth from any unwarranted stains.

•         Use a sunglass to protect your eyes from a misfire of colour filled darts or water jets.

•         Put on your worst gears so that you won't have to take on the hassles of an immediate washing.

•         Rags like tattered denims, and all bright collared shades like black, blue, green, purple are highly recommended.

•         Try to save yourself off from all possible attacks on the face. In case your attempts fail, keep your eyes and lips tightly shut if you are attacked on your face.

•         Keep the car windows thoroughly shut, even if you don't have an AC car.

•         Do not bump into the frenzied group of mob if you take to streets. Better you cross the road to the sidewalk across. Or, simply stay at a safe distance.

 Do's & Don'ts For Holi

However, the riot of colours often gets tainted with untoward incidences. Children and adults indulge in an unsafe and unhealthy Holi, which includes throwing water balloons at unsuspecting passers-by. Children also use gutter water, greasy oil colours, eggs and even tar that can cause irreparable damage to skin and eyes. Therefore, parents should inculcate the habit of a safe and clean Holi in their children.
While playing, or, even watching the Holi is a great fun, don’t let it be marred by certain unwarranted things. Given here are some simple Do's and Don'ts to make the most out of the Holi.

Do’s       Don’ts

Play Holi only with a group of close friends and relatives as against strangers.

Use only powdered colour and water.

Keep a big bucket of water handy for your children, so that they do not resort to gutter water and other unclean sources.

Roll your windows up while driving your car.

Be available at one venue throughout Holi, especially if you want to avoid rowdy Holi revelers.

Always take some moments off to know the cultural significance of Holi. It is a festival of colour, a harbinger of the spring season, and not a dirty game.          Discourage your children to play Holi with eggs, mud, tar or gutter water. Never turn a blind eye to such unclean ways of celebration.

Avoid use of abir as it has flakes of mica.

If you do not want your children and family to participate in the revelry, have a nice and quiet holiday at home. Your children should be confident enough to take the decision of not participating in the Holi celebrations. Teach them not to fall prey to peer pressure.

Teach your children to respect other’s independence during Holi. For instance, you should stop your children from forcing Holi celebrations on a hesitant neighbour.

If you fancy a glass of bhang (grass of the opium plant mashed and mixed with milk or sweets), go ahead. But let your family not get carried away. Your children should not get addicted to this intoxicating drink. Holi revelry should be contained within decent limits.

Avoid loud and rowdy Holi parties, which might spoil the family environment. Children get accustomed to such parties at a very early age and tend to repeat the same type of celebrations later in life.

Don’t walk alone on the streets on the Holi day. You’ll be a sure target for miscreants.