Celebrating colour during Holi Festival, India

The world calendar is jam-packed with messy festivals but none quite make a mark (or leave a stain) like the Hindu spring festival of Holi. Aptly known as the Festival of Colours, the final day of Holi is celebrated by kids and grown-ups alike, who run joyfully through the streets hurling lurid gulal (powder) and dumping buckets of dyed water on anyone in the vicinity. It’s a rainbow riot that nobody can escape… but who would want to?

Parental pointer: Pack white clothes so the colours really pop but avoid wearing your favourite threads – gulal is washable, but removing stains may take more effort than it’s worth. Coconut oil works wonders in cleaning post-revelry rainbow skin.


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