Rang Barse – Why we celebrate with colours?
The Tale and Legends of Holi Festival
Holi, the festival of Colours or let’s say the play of colours, is celebrated in different corners of India on the full moon day of Phalgun.
We celebrate Holi for 2 consecutive days. Chhoti Holi or Holika Dahan is a ritual pyre (on day one) to signify the victory of good over evil. This is when Holika, a demoness, tried to kill Prahlad by putting him to fire in previous ages. While, on the second day, Rangwali Holi (in honour of Sri Krishna, popularly celebrated in Mathura) is observed with much fanfare.
The science behind the festival
Ancient India was fully aware of the benefits of the fragrant natural colours for our skin and health and also their therapeutic value. Let’s delve into the science behind it.
The Holika Pyre
Holi marks the beginning of the Spring Season, between the end of winter and the beginning of summer. Thus, this transition period induces the growth of bacteria in the atmosphere and the body. While the tradition of performing circumambulation (go around the bonfire) with the heat, kills the bacteria in the body.
The Play of Colors
Colours play an essential role in the fitness of the human body. Hence, colour elements provided either through diet or medicine can cure a disease caused due to a particular colour deficiency. Natural sources like turmeric, Neem and Palash (Tesu), etc., produce beautiful powdered dyes. The playful throwing of colour powders made from natural sources strengthen the ions. Thus, these colours invite a healing impact on the human body.
Toxicity in Synthetic Colours
Holi is quickly approaching, and while we are delighted about the holiday, there is also concern about artificial colours and the irreversible damage can cause to the body and to the environment. These colours induce allergies, skin irritation, and dryness. People use these colours because they are widely available and inexpensive.
Rang Barse Utsav
Reviving this true spirit of festivity, we at Bhavyata Foundation brings you the range of natural colours prepared by women’s self-help groups.
In association with The Indian Spirit, we bring you a much-needed alternative in Rang Barse 100% Natural Holi colours. Herbs, turmeric, agricultural products, food crops, and vegetable extracts make the entire source of these colours. Apart from safety, your buy also supports livelihoods for tribal women’s self-help groups.
Let us naturally celebrate Holi this year and forever not to harm us or our planet.