Onam, Pulikali & Chemistry | WorldOfChemicals

How chemistry can help you celebrate this Onam safely

Chemicals in Onam Festival - WorldOfChemicals

Onam, a symbol of Harmoniousness & Peace has finally punched the clock to bid a farewell to monsoon. A most awaited festival for Keralites, which is celebrated every year approximately for 10 days brings huge amount of joys, amusement & ecstasy. For this virtuous & blissful festival, Worldofchemicals.com greets millions of wishes to all the people of India & more specially to the people of Kerala, “May the colors and lights of Onam strengthen your home with felicity and joyfulness, wish you all a Happy Onam this year”.

An important & memorable event of this prosperous festival is Pulikali, the word Puli stands for Tiger & Kali means a Play. Primarily its a Tiger-Play, an act played by its participants. A chunk of people with usually large bellies dress like a Tiger & paint their entire body with color to seem like a tiger. The play is highly enjoyed by viewers & brings enormous excitement for all. There’s lot of chemistry involved with Onam, let’s have a brief discussion about it in the following sections.    

Usually, the whole make-up for Pulikali is done using colors. Primarily, an oil paint which is used for painting doors & windows is utilized here. The oil paint comprises various elements such as pigments, solvents, resins, & several additives. Most of the solvents used for making paints contain several harmful chemicals. Solvents are made up of Hydrocarbons, Sulfur containing compounds, Denatured Ethyl Alcohol, Xylene, Toluene, etc. most of these compounds are noxious for tissues.       

Not just solvents are harmful, other compounds like resins & additives also have considerable amount of detrimental stuff. When these are applied on body, they may cause skin allergies & lead to severe complications. Skin allergies will ultimately spoil your beauty, and more importantly some paints do not fade very soon, it may take sometime for the paints to fade away completely.

As a result of all these complexities, it is always recommended to make use of natural colors & the colors that are safe to apply on face & body. Make sure that the color you use is recommended by FDA (Food & Drug Administration) & vitally do not apply the paint if there is any injury like wounds & sores on your body, this would cause a huge trouble for your health. Instead of using these artificial colors, you can utilize vegetable colors that cause no harm to the skin when applied.

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