Holi is the most exciting time of the year in India. The vibe is full of positivity as markets get flooded with vibrant colors. It also embarks the start of the beautiful spring. The excitement is even more as there is finally ease in the restrictions in the post-pandemic era.
However, celebrating Holi is not just limited to colors and balloons. There is a lot more significance to this festival. It helps kids gain self-confidence, learn about the vibrant culture of India and, learn soft skills like empathy and understanding for others.
So if you are looking forward to making the most of this year’s Holi celebration, here are some unique ways to celebrate Holi with your kids.
Holi Powder – It is not just about using organic colors, of course, that is undebatable but teaching your kids the importance of consent. You can tell your kids to be careful while playing with colors. Always be gentle and ask for permission to apply colors. Even if they are using organic colors, teach them not to target anyone’s face in the spirit of fun.
You can also teach your little ones to differentiate between colors and their meaning. As each color hold a different meaning;
Red: Passion, Love, Anger.
Orange: Energy, Happiness, Vitality.
Yellow: Happiness, Hope, Deceit.
Green: New Beginnings, Abundance, Nature.
Blue: Calm, Responsible, Sadness.
Purple: Creativity, Royalty, Wealth.
Black: Mystery, Elegance, Evil.
Gray: Moody, Conservative, Formality
Storytelling – We all know the tale of celebrating Holi in India. But there are also a lot of other folk tales in different regions of Indian and even in Nepal to mark the celebration of winning Good over Evil. You can buy story books on Holi to read with your kids. Start a week before Holi and discuss those stories with them. This way kids will learn the art of storytelling and gain knowledge from the morals of the stories.
Prepare DIY ( Do it yourself ) – Prepare crafts and games to enjoy with your kids. You can even plan a painting activity with them. It will encourage them to learn something new while enjoying the holidays.
Have a cooking session with your kids – Kids love to explore new things. It is a great way to teach them how important it is to value food. When they help you with household chores, they learn humility and respect for you. You can prepare their favorite snacks and ask them to present the dish in their style. It is one of the best ways to teach kids creativity.
You can also plant seeds with your kids as it is the start of the spring season. The whole year your kids can learn to take care of the sapling as it will be a memory for them to cherish for their entire life. Rituals like these make festivals special for kids. It reminds them of the importance of spending time with family.