#DryHoli: Celebrate A Dry, Eco Friendly Holi This Year And Help The Environment

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Our state is facing one of the worst drought in 40 years. Summer has just begun and there is already an acute shortage of water in the interiors. We at MumbaiMag.com would like to request everyone to play a dry and eco friendly Holi, so that we don’t multiply the problems but can do our bit to help conserve water and soil. In this post, we give some ideas to celebrate Holi in a safe and environment-friendly way. To support us and the environment, help spread the word, use #DryHoli in your tweets and share information about eco-friendly Holi colours.

Dhak flowers used for making natural colours
Dhak flowers used for making natural colours

My mamai (maternal grandmother) shared the story of Holi of her childhood. She and her friends prepared Holi colours from the flowers of trees that blossomed during spring, such as the Indian Coral Tree (parijat) and the Flame of the Forest (Palash), both of which have bright red flowers. These and several other plants like turmeric provided the raw material from which the handmade, safe Holi colors. Most of these plants also had medicinal properties and vibrant colors prepared from them were also beneficial to the skin. Though it’s hard to find these trees commonly today, you can easily spot them if you visit National Park or in some areas of town. If you still can’t make it, fret not; here are some places where you can get ready made eco friendly colours which won’t affect your skin at all.

Ecolor at by Mocha TreeHuggers
Ecolor at by Mocha TreeHuggers

This year, celebrate Holi with Ecolor, a skin-friendly gulaal by Mocha TreeHuggers, an open community which organizes many activities for environment protection. The Green Table, which was started last year, showcases all natural, organic and biodegradable things. This Holi, The Green Table will have Ecolor, an skin-friendly gulaal. It will come in pack of 5 sachets include emerald green, electric pink, ethereal orange, extreme yellow and exotic red for Rs 500. This gulaal is mixed with aroma of orange, lemongrass and other skin-friendly oils. It will be available till 27th March at Mocha Churchgate, Bandra and R-City Mall.

Organic Holi colours from Omved
Organic Holi colours from Omved

Om Ved offers a herbal colours set with colours made according to the ancient traditional formulas using 100% pure and natural extracts of flowers, fruits and medicinal herbs. The set offers four colours: Manjishtha – Red, Harad- Yellow, Kasam- Green and Indigo – Blue.

For natural Holi colours, check mumbaigoesgreen.com where you can find various beautiful colours. They have many stores across the city so they would be easiest to find.

organicindia.com provides organic herbal gulal which you can use without worrying about any side effects on skin. They have colours like yellow, green and red.  They also have packages of organic tea, in case you need a break from bhaang! 😉

Bombay Store Organic Colours
Bombay Store Organic Colours

The Bombay Store has ‘Rang De’, a special range of eco friendly and natural colours. These are made by using natural flowers and herbs. They have packs of dry and liquid variants. Set of dry colours include sunshine yellow, summer orange and lush green whereas liquid colours are  sunshine yellow, summer orange and purple breeze. 

craftsvilla.com has ready organic packets of colours. They offer it in a beautiful packing too so you can gift them to your dear ones. Along with colours, they also have various gift and sweets for Holi.

Classic Enterprises offer organic colours in wide variety and according to your need. If you are planning to host a huge party, you can order colours in bulk.

myGREENkart.com offers natural colours in ethnic packing made by the inmates at Tihar jail. It is soft, glossy and has a natural fragrance.

Also, here are some tips to create organic holi colours, in case you have time and patience to DIY! These are the traditional methods and we have just included dry colours to support #DryHoli.

Red- Red Sandal Wood Powder (Raktachandan) has a beautiful red colour and is also used in face packs. You can dry red hibiscus flowers in shade and powder it to make a colour. To increase the bulk you can add any flour to it. Sinduria, called Annato in English has a water chestnut shaped fruit which contains lovely brick colour red seeds. You can grind and use this as red.
Green- Make green by adding turmeric, glyricidea, nirgudi, hibiscus, indigo leaves. You can also use powdered henna, but be careful not to make it wet otherwise it can leave a slight colour on face.
Yellow- Mix Turmeric powder with double quantity of gram flour. These ingredients are extremely healthy for skin. Instead of regular haldi, you can use the kasturi haldi which is very fragrant and has enhanced therapeutic effects.
Blue- Sun dry Indigo flowers and then powder them, you will get a nice blue colour. You can also use regular ‘neel’ or indigo mixed in three times flour.
Saffron-This is a widely used colour in traditional Holi. You can get this colour by drying ‘Flame of the forest’ (Palash) petals.

Our request, play a #DryHoli and help save the environment. To support us and the environment, help spread the word, use #DryHoli in your tweets and share information about eco-friendly Holi colours. Know of other places where readers can find safe, dry colours? Share by commenting below. Share your ideas for a #DryHoli, festival stories and pictures with us at [email protected] Go ahead, have fun-filled eco-friendly Holi this year.

 

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