Holi India's colorful festival prepare natural colours for a safe celebration

Eco-friendly chemistry for a safe Holi


Holi, the most colorful festival of India, bids farewell to winter and announces the arrival of spring. It is celebrated as the festival of colors by applying different colors to family and friends.

In ancient times, people used to prepare natural colors for a safe celebration. Nowadays, due to the change in lifestyle, people have started using artificial colors. These artificial colors contain oxidized metals or industrial dyes that are toxic and cause harm to the body.

According to research, these artificial colors have a different impact on our body. Black color contains lead oxide and can cause renal failure, green color contains copper sulfate and may lead to eye allergy, puffiness, and temporary blindness.

The color silver is carcinogenic containing aluminum bromide, while blue (Prussian blue) and red (mercury sulphite) may cause contact dermatitis and skin cancer respectively.

When washed, these synthetic colors enter into the water and soil, in turn causing pollution. With rising awareness, many NGOs, organizations and even people are increasingly using natural colors. These simple natural colors are safe and can be easily made at home. The yellow color can be prepared by mixing turmeric powder with chickpea flour.

Soaking peels of pomegranate in water overnight give yellow liquid color. Also by boiling marigold flowers in water one can get the yellow color. By soaking beetroot in water it gives a deep pink color. Henna leaves dried, powdered and mixed with water gives the orange-red paste. Hence, by using safe, natural colors we not only save our skins but also help save our environment.

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