Holi : Color. Bonfires. Water. Boisterous fun. ….just some of the words associated with the festival. A festival celebrated at the approach of the vernal equinox, signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many – a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.
With Holi just a day away my newsfeed on social media is a crazy mix of ‘ how to have a safe Holi’ to how to play a dry Holi’ to ‘ let’s donate tankers to the farmers of Maharashtra’. But one post got all my attention !
A woman in Pune very wisely wrote about how to have a fun Holi without using water. We are in a drought year after all and wasting even a mug of water is criminal.
So here is what you do:
#1. No Colors, No water: Don’t balk just yet. It doesn’t make sense having a ‘dry’ Holi… what are you going to use to wash off all that dry color? Water right? So doesn’t it beat the very purpose you are having a dry Holi?
#2. Buy a canvas: Put up large canvases or sheets of paper around your housing complex, buy some colors and paint brushes ( or tell everyone to get their own) – and let everyone use color to paint these… instead of each other!
Isn’t this the most novel way to spend Holi with your children, family and friends? This is a precious opportunity for you to demonstrate to your children – that there are fun, creative and environmentally safe alternatives to celebrating festivals. You don’t want to miss this. Your children will not only get a chance to reflect upon the current water situation, but will also be seeing first hand that change is possible… only if you want it to happen.
You are not only creating lasting memories but are also doing your bit to conserve water. What better way to give thanks to the earth for her unending bounty?