Dear Ahmedabad, are you going to save water this Holi?

Holi is one of festivals of India celebrated with various names and different traditions. Holi is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March. Entire country wears a festive look when it is time for Holi celebration. Great excitement can be seen in people on the day when it is time for the play of colors.Children take special delight in spraying colors on one another with their pichkaris and throwing water balloons on passers by. There is also a tradition of consuming the very intoxicating bhang on this day to further enhance the spirit of Holi. It is said the spirit of Holi encourages the feeling of brotherhood in society and even the enemies turn friend on this day.
Holi the festival of colors is on the March 01st,2010. For this Holi, you have a major role and responsibility in conserving water. Time was when people could not imagine playing Holi without water but many were forced to do this year as water shortage forced this year to celebrate the festival with only dry colors.

Tips for Saving Water on this Holi

Today people are more conscious about environment and green living. Holi is a good reminder to curb water wastage during the festival of colors. Every year on Holi, people coloring each other and wasting lots of water to remove that. For this Holi, you have a major role and responsibility in conserving water. Here are a few ways to save water for this festival.
  • Limit the use of water: Ensure you do not waste water unnecessarily. Measure the quantity of water you want to use to play with and store it. Resist your temptations to use more water and stick to the limit or quantity of water you stored to play with. Play with dry and natural colors, they wash off easily. Bathing again and again is sure water wastage. Take bath only when you are done or finished playing in color.
  • Play in a separate area or the garden: Getting the whole house or apartment dirty will simply lead to more water usage. When you are done playing get in your home or apartment. After Holi celebration, clean your home or area with plain water and for colored areas use a bucket with soapy water that has stain free in it and wipe the colored areas with the help of a sponge.
  • Use natural colors: Herbal colors are safe and are easily washable. Apply oil on your hair before stepping out to play. Even if you do end up getting color in your tresses, a single wash can be enough to make your hair color-free. In case you forget to apply a body lotion and you have color all over you then rub some coconut oil or cream and let the color start fading. Now a quick wash will make you clean without much scrubbing. You will save water too.
  • Say No to water balloons: Water balloons are thin, small rubber balloons, filled with water.They are usually used by children, who throw them at each other, trying to get each other wet.There has been some environmental concern as they don’t biodegrade or shred, they can cause harm to wildlife and the effect of litter on the environment. Do not encourage kids to play with  pichkaris and water balloons. You can tell them pros and cons of wasting water and what is their role in saving water.
This holi, celebrate with natural or herbal colors that are easily washable. While playing Holi, wear old dark colored clothes, so cleaning them does not need too much water and effort. Spread a tarpaulin on floor, if you are playing in indoor or on the terrace. Once you have finished playing, you can simply wash away the colors on the tarpaulin and save using detergents on the floor. Ensure you consume water in limited quantity for this Holi festival.Apartment owners association or Resident Welfare Associations can play vital role in spreading awareness among neighboring apartments to save water for this Holi festival and celebrate Holi with dry or natural colors. You can form a team for spreading awareness or conducting campaign for saving water on this Holi festival.
Just imagine the water wastage in both playing Holi and then in bathing to remove the colors. Whenever you waste water, just think about those millions of people who still struggle to save every drop of water for their survival.For this Holi opt for natural or skin friendly vegetable colors instead of synthetic or powdered dyes. For preventing your eyes, face and exposed part of your skin from the dyes and colors, apply a thick layer of moisturizer, oil or petroleum jelly. Make this Holi even more special by saving every drop you can and spreading awareness among people to save water. Wishing you A Happy Holi! Feel free to give suggestions and tips to save water for this Holi festival.

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