The Festival of Holi For Kids
Posted in Learning & Development on Friday, March 22nd, 2013
India is the land of festivals and each festival is celebrated with pomp and glory here. Holi is one such festival that is celebrated all across the country with great fervour. Though this festival holds equal importance for both adults and children alike; it’s needless to say that the children enjoy this festival of colours the most.
The markets are colourful with heaps of colours. Innovative pichkaris come every year to lure the children. Children are seen throwing dry colours, coloured water and water balloons at one another. After a couple of hours of playing with colours, it’s difficult to recognize their faces. But fun aside, the festival of holi also gives us an important message. It’s necessary that we teach our kids the importance of holi.
The holi story for kids:
King Hiranyakashyap tried to burn his son, Prahlad. Prahlad used to worship Lord Vishnu. The king did not like this. The king’s sister Holika had a blessing that she could not be burnt in fire. So the king asked his sister to burn Prahlad. She sat in the fire with Prahlad. But instead of Prahlad, Holika was burnt. Hence, we light huge bonfires the night before Holi to remember the fact that Good always prevails over the Evil and to cleanse the air of evil spirits.
Here are a few dos and don’ts to observe on holi:
• While burning holi, make sure your kids are standing well away from the fire and have their footwear on.
• Buy your kid eco-friendly holi colour powders made from vegetable and flower dyes. They are not harsh on the skin vis-à-vis some chemical colours available in the market. You can make your own colours from turmeric, beetroot etc.
• Urge him and his friends to play with safe colours only.
• Strictly tell your kid not to throw water balloons at passer byes; you never know when it can hurt a pregnant lady or an old person.
• Instruct your kid to close his eyes when somebody throws colours or coloured water at him.
• Make him eat a sumptuous breakfast so that he doesn’t crave for unhealthy foods once outside.
• Before your kid steps out to play with colours, grease his body and hair well with cold cream and coconut oil.
It will make sure that the stubborn colours don’t go deep into his skin and come off easily later.
• Make him wear full sleeved and long clothes to protect his skin. Also old clothes are preferable which you can discard off once he is through with playing colours.
• If you make ‘bhaang’ thandai at home, make sure you keep it out of the reach of children.
So how are you planning to celebrate the festival of holi this year with your kids?