Holi is the festival of colors in India to spread love and compassion. In the full moon day of Falgun the Holi is observed. It is said that Holi festival marks the death of Holika Demoness who was the sister of demon-king Hiranyakashipu. Holi is also associated with Sri Krishna as he used to play Holi with friends in Vrindavan. Except that myth, Holi has one typical social importance too. Everyone visits each other, shakes hands, hugs each other and applies ABEER. Children become highly enthusiastic on that day. Children and teenagers wait at planned hiding points, armed with buckets of colored water and little water balloons, waiting to attack every passers-by.
So Holi is an occasion of spreading love through colour. We should at least confirm that the colour used in Holi should be safe. You will be surprised to know that in previous days the Holi colours were made from natural substances like flowers (red hibiscus, china rose, Flame of the Forest – Palash, Tulsi, Neem, Rose), vegetables (Spinach, Mint leaves), powders (Turmeric, Red Sandalwood, Henna, Amla) etc. Those natural and eco-friendly substances used to give us a great feeling of making those colors at home and then use it with friends and family to celebrate Holi.
Time moves faster and we adapt to changes faster. Holi colors have created a big market in India in the name of convenience. Market is flooded with lot of options of cheap price and varieties of colors just accessible to customers for money. Most of the colors available in the open market for sale are really unsafe even if it is used once. Those products are extremely harmful for children. It might cause skin rashes and eye irritations & other problems like dry hair and scalp damage and dehydration. High percentage of lead and other harmful chemicals might cause permanent damage to health as well; Mercury sulphide in Red gulal, Copper sulphate in Blue gulal, Chromium & Iodine in Purple gulal and many more. It is needless to discuss the social impact of toxic Holi colors. If it is harmful to users it is harmful to those people who make it in the factory and it is equally harmful to environment.
We believe it is our responsibility to bring this fact in front of you and look for organic natural and eco-friendly Holi colors ahead of time. There are few companies in India who really cares of all these factors and they come up with organic, natural and eco-friendly Holi colors options. Most of these products are available online. Wish you a safe, happy and green Holi in advance.