I grew up celebrating Holi every year with the Southern California Gujarati Society. We would be at Huntington Beach with our Holi color, a bonfire, popcorn, and fun Holi snacks. Every auntie there had something unique so we would go to each family’s blue tarp and eat up. It was so much fun! So many great memories!
This year Holika Dahan is on March 7 and Holi will be celebrated on March 8. The Hindu festival of Holi, celebrated throughout India, is also known as the "Festival of Color" because of the tradition of throwing colored powder. Throwing the colored powder is symbolic of forgiveness and is a way to welcome spring.
As I try to share these amazing cultural festivals with my kids, I’ve come up with 5 fun and unique ways to celebrate Holi and the Festival of Colors this year.
1) HOLI POWDER
When you think of Holi, you think of one thing: color! Kids have an amazing excitement for the festival. It’s always fun to throw colors on one another but it’s even more fun knowing that the colors are non-toxic and chemical free.
Here is a fun recipe for DIY home made Holi powder.
Or you can buy them from Kulture Khazana - Non-Toxic Holi Color Powder.
2) TIE-DYE FUN
Have some fun with tie-dye! You can dye anything from t-shirts to towels to scrunchies. You can buy a tie-dye kit from Michael’s or any craft store. Tie-dye is a great way to celebrate the festival's colored powders.
Blow painting is a creative way to make abstract art. This activity is a fun twist on painting for kids of all ages. What you’ll need is a straw to blow liquid paint around on paper, creating interesting designs.
This is a fun and simple art project using just a few ingredients. It creates the most beautiful marbled rainbow effects on paper.
This is a fun but messy art project but it turns out to be a beautiful piece of art worthy of hanging in your home. You’ll need crayons (old or new), a canvas, a glue gun and a hair dryer (and definitely newspapers as it can get messy).
BONUS: ENJOY COLORFUL FOODS
Below are some recipes we’re looking forward to trying from some of our favorite food bloggers.
(Love Laugh Mirch)
(Love Laugh Mirch)(Milk & Cardamom)