However, playing Holi decently by using unharmful dry colours duly observing the decorum is alright but going overboard owing to over enthusiam should definitely be discouraged.
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Unfortunately, the festival of Holi is one such occasion when under its garb you can throw mud on the face of your respectable neighbours. The students and children who were just walking away from you with their face down suddenly become so aggressive and offensive as to settle all the year accumulated score with you on this day.
This is one of the social trends hated by many but as well said - do in Rome as Romans do - there is no choice except to join with them happily. Anyway, it is a matter of a day only. So I think we have to somehow bear it.
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Holi should be played with soft and natural colours. It is better to apply dry colours ,or flower based colours.
Many may not be aware of the teshu flowers available in north, they are soaked in warm water, and a nice fragrant is oozes out of it. It gives a nice rich saffron colour to the water. Playing with this is the safest way to play with water. This should not be encouraged in schools
.Another thing I noticed was that even the teachers get into the holi mood of holi and celebrate with kids.
Many schools have a decent celebration for kids to get the children learn the festival.
Wishes on ''Chhoti Holi''. Advance wishes to Members on the occasion of Holi tomorrow.
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In Andhra Pradesh, this habit is not there. In many small towns and villages of AP, no one celebrates this festival. But in major cities like Vizag and Vijayawada where there are some north Indians are there, we see some people celebrating this festival only on the day of Holi festival but not one day before.
As long as the colours natural and are no threat to health we can enjoy this festival. But using hazardous synthetic dyes which are very harmful should be strictly avoided. I utilise this occasion to wish all the members of ISC a happy Holi today.
I've seen youngsters using this as an excuse to smear and 'manhandle' young girls in the locality. Barring such nuisances, Holi is good to be played, just by smearing a tilak or a wipe on the face or the hands. I like the colours as long as they are washed off easily, I hate the silver colours, that is almost like a paint and looks harmful for both people involved.
As celebration is celebration, this goes on and people enjoy it. As far as there is real enjoyment let it go on so.
During holidays people are with their family and very close relatives and neighbours only. They cannot join their colleagues or classmates. This is then offset by celebrating on another closest day.
Even legend has many stories when gods have (re)enacted some important event just for the sake of their devotees. So thee is nothing wrong if a celebration related to some festival is additionally celebrated on another day also.