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HOLI (Part -1)

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HOLI  in different colors of languages:

Hindi: होली

Nepali: होली

Punjabi: ਹੋਲੀ

Kannada: ಹೋಳಿ) is also known as Phakuwa or Phagwah

(Assamese: ফাকুৱা),

Odisha,Festival of Colours, or Dola jātra

(Assamese: দ’ল যাত্ৰা) Dol Jatra

West Bengal and Assam. Basanto utsav (“spring festival”)

Holi is a festival which has social,cultural, mythological and scientific significance.

The customs and celebrations vary between regions of India.

SCIENTIFIC SIGNIFICANCE.

Holi is celebrated in the spring season which is a period between end of winter and advent of summer.  This develops the growth of bacteria in our body and in the atmosphere. When Holika is burnt the temperature rises up to 145 degree Fahrenheit (50-65 degree celsius). When people perform parikrama (circumambulation or going around), the fire kills the bacteria. In this way our body is cleaned.Cleaning of house drives away harmful bacteria, fungus and micro and macro organisms.

 

This is the time when body experiences tardiness. To invoke spark in the life people sing songs i.e. PHAG, JOKIRA along with DHOL, MANJIRA  and other traditional instruments.

The next  day is celebrated as Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Phagwah.When the natural color and abeer is used for play then it has tremendous change in our body which promotes good health.

Biologist says that the natural colors makes us healthy and beautify our body by strengthen the ions in the body by enter into the pores of our body. This process strengths our immune system.

For making natural colors following plants parts can be used:

YELLOW :

                     Turmeric powder

A little turmeric powder dissolved in water with double the quantity of gram flour (besan) ,

                                        AMALTAS

                                         MARIGOLD

                                        BAEL FRUIT

                                          CHICKPEAS

            Chrysanthemum ‘Migoli Yellow’

                                              DANDELION

                       SUNFLOWER

                                         DAFFODIL

                                          DAHALIYA

GREEN :

                                            HENNA POWDER

Henna powder, mixed with a little flour (Wheat flour/Maida/Talcum powder).

                                                  GULMOHAR LEAVES

Gulmohar leaves should be dried.

                                    SPINACH LEAVES

                               A Spring Crop , PEA

                                                    A Spring Herb

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                              MEETHI

Finely chopped dried fenugreek (methi) or mint (pudina)

                                                                   MINT

 

PINK/RED:

                                                                    ONION PEAL

Onion peels soaked overnight in the water. Peels should be removed to remove the smell.

 

                  RED SANDALWOOD POWDER

                          SINDOOR

Mix red sandalwood  or sindoor powder with whole wheat flour or refined flour.

                                                  PALASH FLOWERS

                                     RED HIBISCUS

               TURNIP

Turnip can be Grated

                                       POMEGRANATE AND SEEDS

Purple:

                                                           BLACK GRAPES

                                  BLUE HIBISCUS

                                          INDIGO

                                                    JACARANDA

                                                 BEETROOT (CHUKANDER)

BROWN:

                                       TEA LEAVES (boiled)

Tea leaves or coffee boiled in water

                                      KHAIR

BLACK :

                                              INDIAN GOOSEBERRY (AMLA)

Natural colors are safe but it may be allergic to some so take care about others and play safe HOLI.

This HOLI may bring colors in your life.

Spread Happiness………….

Spread Colors……………..