tunes of ‘’rang barse,’’ gulal and pichkari bring so much excitement to
everyone irrespective of the age. Young children hop and run around and pick
notorious ways to gun someone with their pichkarees. Here’s a list of things
that can help you devise more fun ways to celebrate Holi.
Have a pep talk Why Holi?
A role play can be organised on mythological
tales associated with Holi. The play can portray characters of Hiranyakashipu,
Holika, Lord Narsimha and the little Prahlad. This will lead to better
understanding of the significance of Holi in a play way method.
Take them to the Holika dahan
The night before Holi, pyres are burn, where a piece of wood is
put by everyone. You can encourage your child to participate in the puja by
letting him contribute his piece of pyre. Ensure that the children stay at a
safe distance from the bonfire. In addition to reinforcing the Holi story, this
can serve as a reminder that one should be careful with fire. Alternately you
can go for a fire free version of the holika dahan at home itself where you can
even enact the story for the child.
are always super-charged. They get super excited during celebrations when they
see the hull-gulla around. In order to restrain them from falling or hurting
themselves, brief them some Holi rules beforehand.
shooting pichkarees directly on the face
to water balloons as they can cause injuries
lighter colours (as darker colours contain more harmful chemicals)
a timeout – Limited time for the play
to close his/her eyes and lips if someone applies colour on his/her face,
or throws water towards him/her
hydration by drinking water
sunglasses to protect eyes from dusty air and sun
first aid kit handy
Use safe colours
we get geared up to celebrate the festival of colours, it’s natural of parents
to get apprehensive to use synthetic colours. Synthetic colours contain harmful
ingredients which can cause skin irritation, allergies, hair loss, edema and
erythema. Opt for organic colours even if they cost a little more. They are
safer and do not irritate skin.
Protect skin and hair
oil or sunscreen all over your child’s body (skin and hair) before he/she goes
out to play Holi. Oil forms a protective layer on skin and will not allow
colour to stick to body. It even eases removal of any colour stains. Tip to
avoid nail staining – paint their finger and toe nails with transparent nail polish
and clean them after a bath.
your child in jersey linen which can easily strain the water and keep them dry.
Also, try to make them wear full sleeved clothes and which are long on the legs
so the exposed body are is limited.
Note - Kids should play
Holi under adult supervision and away from frenzied mob