Water-filled pistons, a glass of bhang, gay abandon, no-holds-barred revelry in the night. An Indian Holi is all this, and much more. It is a festival of colour… a time for merry making and enjoyment.
However, the riot of colours often gets tainted with untoward incidences. Children and adults indulge in an unsafe and unhealthy Holi, which includes throwing water balloons at unsuspecting passersby. Children also use gutter water, greasy oil colours, eggs and even tar that can cause irreparable damage to skin and eyes. Therefore, parents should inculcate the habit of a safe and clean Holi in their children. Here are some dos and don'ts to for ensuring a healthy festival of colour.
Discourage your children to play Holi with eggs, mud, tar or gutter water. Never turn a blind eye to such unclean ways of celebration.
Avoid use of abir as it has flakes of mica.
If you do not want your children and family to participate in the revelry, have a nice and quiet holiday at home. Your children should be confident enough to take the decision of not participating in the Holi celebrations. Teach them not to fall prey to peer pressure.
Teach your children to respect other's independence during Holi. For instance, you should stop your children from forcing Holi celebrations on a hesitant neighbour.
If you fancy a glass of bhang (grass of the opium plant mashed and mixed with milk or sweets), go ahead. But let your family not get carried away. Your children should not get addicted to this intoxicating drink. Holi revelry should be contained within decent limits.
Avoid loud and rowdy Holi parties, which might spoil the family environment. Children get accustomed to such parties at a very early age and tend to repeat the same type of celebrations later in life.
Don't walk alone on the streets on the Holi day. You'll be a sure target for miscreants.
Play Holi only with a group of close friends and relatives as against strangers.
Use only powdered colour and water.
Keep a big bucket of water handy for your children, so that they do not resort to gutter water and other unclean sources.
Roll your windows up while driving your car.
Be available at one venue throughout Holi, especially if you want to avoid rowdy Holi revelers.
Always take some moments off to know the cultural significance of Holi. It is a festival of colour, a harbinger of the Spring season, and not a dirty game.
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