The festival of Holi has always been a no-holds-barred event where fun and revelry are a part of the game. For you and your children to be able to celebrate this festival in a safe way, here are a few do’s and don’ts.
- Discourage use of mud, eggs or any other material that is not meant for playing Holi with.
- It is common to force out hesitant neighbors out of their homes to play Holi. If you do this in front of your children, don’t be surprised if they follow suit and force Holi colors on their peers. Instead teach your child to respect everyone’s decision.
- “Bhang” is regularly consumed during Holi. However, different individuals react differently to it. To keep things under control, keep bhang consumption under control.
- If you are having a Holi party, keep noise levels in control so as not to disturb the neighbors. Children emulate you, never forget that.
- Avoid sending your children alone on the streets. There are miscreants who may not mean good.
- Avoid using water balloons, they can sting very badly
- Avoid colors such as black, silver, golden and blue. Chances are that they contain mica and can be toxic if ingested.
- Stick to relatives and friends while playing Holi. Don’t encourage strangers to be a part.
- Keep a clean bucket of water handy should your children need water so that they don’t turn to unclean sources of water.
- Use only herbal or eco friendly colors and encourage everyone you play Holi with to do the same.
- If you happen to step out, make sure you roll up the windows of your car.
- Do share the story of Holika and Prahlad with your children as an evening plan.
Wish you a very Happy Holi. Be safe!