The Indian holiday of Holi may be the least religious but definitely one of the most fun and crazy of all Indian festivals. Locals of all social strata take to the streets, douse each other with colored pigment, drink special Holi Lassis and dance all day and night long. The purpose of all this outpouring of joy is the official welcome to spring. Read on for our 5 top tips for tourists lucky enough to be in India for the holiday. Happy Holi!
Wear old clothes that you don't mind ruining as people on the streets are likely to throw colored pigment at you. Arm yourself with hat/ thick scarf, hair oil, long-sleeve shirts/pants, sun block, lip gloss and nail polish to minimize skin staining. Try safety goggles/glasses protect the eyes, especially if you wear contact lenses.
Use natural plant-derived colors such as henna, turmeric, marigold flowers, etc, which can be purchased in any local market or shop. Be aware that synthetic colored pigment is more harmful.If you suffer from asthma or severe dust allergy, you may want to think twice about joining in.
Go easy on Bhang Lassi! This official drink of Holi is a very powerful intoxicant that tastes like an innocent sweet drink. Never drink it with an empty stomach and be careful if you are mixing with other alcohol.
Keep the windows closed when people are playing with color around your vehicle or driving through the street- trust us, your driver will thank you.
March is the peak tourism season of India. Don't get annoyed if anyone throws colors at you. Remember you are here for the festival, and this is how it is celebrated. Have fun!