Holi is by far one of the most exhilarating times in India. The festival of colours is a time when barriers are broken down, when social norms are ignored, and when communities really come together as one. But with large crowds, loud and lively celebrations, and a constant on-the-go energy, it can sometimes feel difficult to find good all-round activities that your whole family, right from the youngest to the oldest, can enjoy together.
Not any more! There are loads of fun and exciting Holi games and crafts that everyone can take part in, and here’s just a few:
Holi Games and Fun in the Community
The day of Holi itself is busy and bustling, and there’s often plenty going on around you that will interest your younger ones. Everyone enjoys playing with the coloured water and powders that leave the entire nation looking like a work of art. All kids like to get messy, so your kids of all ages will love creating homemade Holi cards for their friends, neighbours, relatives, and teachers, complete with some traditional Holi messages.
This activity is so simple, and yet so effective, and it is a great way to encourage your kids to share Holi wishes with the ones they love. Using either natural colourings available during the festival, or kid’s watercolour paints, even parents can get in on the crafting action. A fabulous idea for bringing in the spirit of Holi is to use bright, warm, and leafy designs that remind you that spring is finally on its way!
For more family-oriented activities, teach the little ones to make some pakoras or traditional Holi recipes. Children always love helping mum in the kitchen, and this is a great way to spend quality time with your kids, no matter their age. While Holi is exciting, there’s also a serious side to the festival. Holika Dahan is the perfect time to pass along the values, traditions, and morals of Holi to the younger generation – but that’s not to say it’s any less fun than the other activities.
Holi folklore really emphasises the importance of faith and honesty, and the tale of Prahlad is often told over a burning bonfire or campfire. Encourage your kids and their friends to collect old wood locally for the fire. It’s a great way to keep them entertained, and getting them to enjoy nature at the same time.
Homemade Holi Powders
Years ago, the bright, coloured powders for Holi were made from natural substances such as yellow turmeric or orange palash flowers, but today they’re often made from synthetic substances. It is so easy to give in to the convenience of these artificial colourants, but they have such a damaging effect on the environment that it really is worth looking into buying environmentally friendly options, or even making your own!
It’s not as hard as it sounds. Holi is a great time to do your part for the planet, and your kids will love creating their own mix of different colours.
It’s so simple to create your own powders. Using henna powder, turmeric, edible berries or flowers, and even grated beetroot, you can make coloured powders by adding each to some gram flour. It’s easy, natural, and costs a lot less than ready-made powders, too. You can get your kids to help make these powders, as well.
Have you made your own natural powders for Holi? Why not share your recipes and secret ingredients for creating those perfect blues, greens, yellows, and reds?