Holi is the best festival that started in India and all the states have different ways of celebrating it but if you are in the birth place of Lord Krishna’s beloved Radha, – Holi of Barsana – a village, 42 kms away from Mathura, UP and the birthplace of Radha. Men from Nandgaon – the land of Krishna come to play Holi in Barsana, Holi is known as Lathmaar Holi. Sounds like violence? There is more violence than the name signals! The stick is in the hands of the women on this day and the men need to save themselves! Barsana celebrates Holi with extreme enthusiasm as Krishna was famous for playing pranks on Radha and gopis. In fact, it was Krishna who started the tradition of colours by first applying colour on Radha’s face. Well you may live in a docile – holi friendly place but here some advice on Holi, it only comes once – So let’s enjoy it to the fullest.
Put on your worst clothes so that you won’t have to take on the hassles of an immediate washing. Rags like tattered denims and bright shades like black, blue, green, purple are highly recommended. Try to save yourself off from all possible attacks on the face. In case your such attempts fail, keep your eyes and lips tightly shut if you are attacked on your face. If possible avoid going outside your home, at least for the peak hours of celebration. The premises of your home ensure that you are safe from pouncing hooligans, even friends who can be a little rough on the day.
Do not use permanent dyes. If someone has applied it on you, do not rub the face with soap immediately in order to get rid of it, especially when it is wet. Instead, use good quality cleansing milk for removal. It’s better than using soap, which will dry up your skin.
Rotten eggs when thrown on your head, flying missiles from locality buildings…are still not too bad, will be smelly yet is a good conditioner for your hair. But tar, shit, Mobil, stones and all the rubbish that you can be hit with is not. Avoid being a prey to hooligans.
Remember you also have police on your side and if any untoward revelers misbehave, you can make your complaint. Mark out the locality, building and if possible the person.
Take a bath much later after the entire Holi celebration is over. Taking frequent baths, washing the face again and again, will ruin your skin. You will also lose hair, for too much soap/shampoo has a drying effect.
If you are prone to skin allergies, avoid playing with gulaal altogether. Going to a dermatologist (skin specialist) serves no purpose, after the damage is done.
Avoid running on jumping on wet floors, so that you don’t slip and injure yourself. Bones are especially vulnerable on this day.
Avoid over indulgence in bhang, drinks or food… so that you don’t repent later.
Play Holi with flowers and kindness with love from Shatika- Be different. Love India Love Indianness.
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