But in the morning itself some children brought water colours and started sprinkling on others and soon the elders instead of refraining them to do so, joined them.
So, finally it was the usual holy fun with dark painted colours on the faces of the people.
Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.
"If you are killed in action, you go to Heaven. If you win, you rule this Earth (as beautiful as Heaven). That is why, O son of Kunti, take a firm resolve and fight!"-- Shrimad Bhagwad Gita
Coming to usages of colours on Holi, it is a custom maintained in the society from so many years. Hence stopping it very fast is very difficult. But people should start using naturals colours instead of synthetic colours.
I have no habit of playing with colours on Holi festival day. All the employees from my factory will go to the houses of other employees and spray colour on each other. It may create problems. But on this [parricular day nobody listens.
So like other years we had a Holi where the people danced and enjoyed till they were fully exhausted with the fun and frolic. The children will be the leading factors in these endeavours and parents will of course simply follow them.
This is the only festival which empowers us to colour anyone without his permission though good manners say that it should not be done to those who are unwilling to accept this function of joy and fun.
Knowledge is power.