Colors of Holi

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Green

Dry: Dry and finely powder the leaves of Gulmohur (Delonix regia) tree for a green colour. Image courtesy-farm1.static.flickr.com

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Crush the tender leaves of the Wheat plant to obtain a natural safe green Holi colour. Image courtesy-apsnet.org

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Wet colour: Mixing a fine paste of leaves like spinach / palak, coriander / dhaniya, mint / pudina, tomato leaves, etc. in water. Image courtesy-2.bp.blogspot.com

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Yellow

Dry colour: Mix two teaspoons of haldi / Turmeric powder with double quantity of besan (gram flour). Haldi and besan are extremely healthy for our skin, and are also used widely as a paste while taking bath. One can use the ordinary haldi or "kasturi" haldi which is very fragrant and has enhanced therapeutic effects. Image courtesy-a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net

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Besan can be substituted by atta, maida, rice flour, fuller's earth (multani mitti) and even talcum powder. Image courtesy-styleselekt.com

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Flowers like Amaltas (Cassia fistula), Marigold / Gainda (Tagetus erecta), Yellow Chrysanthemums, Black Babul (Acacia arabica) yield different shades of yellow. Dry the petals of these flowers in shade and crush them to obtain a fine powder. Mix appropriate quantity of the powder with besan, etc. or use separately. Image courtesy-3.bp.blogspot.com

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Dry the rind of the Bael fruit (Aegle marmelos) and grind to obtain a yellow powder. Image courtesy-simply-thai.com

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Wet Colour: Soak Amaltas (Cassia fistula) or Marigold / Gainda (Tagetus erecta) flowers in water. Boil and leave overnight. Image courtesy-farm4.staticflickr.com

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Red

Dry Colour: Red Sandal Wood Powder / Raktachandan / Lalchandan (Pterocarpus santalinus) has a beautiful red colour, is extremely beneficial for the skin and is used in face packs, etc. This can be used instead of Red Gulal. Image courtesy-acne-treatmentblog.com

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Dry red hibiscus flowers in shade and powder to make a lovely red colour. To increase the bulk add any flour to it Sinduria, called Annato in English has a water chestnut shaped fruit which contains lovely brick colour red seeds. These yield both dry and wet colours. Image courtesy-i00.i.aliimg.com

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Wet colour Put 2 teaspoons of Red Sandal wood powder in a litre of water and boil. Dilute and use. Image courtesy-candlesandcauldrons.com

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Peels of Red Pomegranate boiled in water give red. Image courtesy-4.bp.blogspot.com

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For a bright orangish-red, mix thoroughly a pinch of chuna / lime powder (the one that we eat with our paan / betel leaves) with 2 spoons of haldi/ turmeric powder and a few drops of water. Use only after diluting with 10 litres of water. Image courtesy-image.made-in-china.com

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Extracting red from flower petals Buras (Rhododendron arboreum) known as Burans in the Garhwal hills and Brans in the Kumaon hills gives a lovely red colour when soaked in water overnight. Image courtesy-trewithengardens.co.uk

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Red hibiscus flowers soaked in water overnight give a red which also has medicinal value. Image courtesy-simplyrecipes.com

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The Palita Madar / Pangri / Indian Coral tree/ (Erythrina indica), found commonly in coastal regions, has large red flowers. Soak the flowers in water overnight. Image courtesy-thaiguidetothailand.com

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Boil wood of Madder Tree in water for a deep red. Image courtesy-4.bp.blogspot.com

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Red colour can also be obtained from juice of tomatoes and carrots. This can be diluted with sufficient quantity of water to remove the stickiness. Image courtesy-kuvings.com

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Blue

Dry Colour The Jacaranda flowers can be dried in the shade and ground to obtain a beautiful blue powder. The flowers bloom in summers. Image courtesy-nationalgeographicstock.com

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Blue

The blue Hibiscus which is found in Kerala can be dried and powdered just like the red hibiscus. Image courtesy-www.paghat.com

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Wet Colour Crush the berries (fruits) of the Indigo plant and add to water for desired colour strength. Image courtesy-farm2.static.flickr.com

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Magenta

Wet Colour Slice or grate one Beet root. Soak in 1 litre of water for a wonderful magenta. Boil or leave overnight for a deeper shade. Dilute. Image courtesy-img.21food.com

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Pink

Boil the peels of 10 - 15 pink Onions in half litre of water for an orangish-pink colour. Remove the peels before using to remove the smell. Image courtesy-1.bp.blogspot.com

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Soak Kachnar (Bauhinia variegata) flowers (pink variety) in water overnight, or boil for a pinkish colour. Image courtesy-3.bp.blogspot.com

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Saffron

Wet Colour The Flame of the Forest (Butea monosperma), known as Tesu, Palash or Dhak in vernacular languages, is the source of the wonderful, traditional colour for Holi. The flowers are soaked overnight in water and can also be boiled to obtain a fragrant yellowish - orange colored water. Image courtesy-4.bp.blogspot.com

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The dried flowers can be dried and powdered for a orange powder. Legend says that Lord Krishna used to play Holi with Tesu flowers, and the flowers also have a lot of medicinal properties. Tesu blooms during month of March. Image courtesy-images.travelpod.com

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Black

Wet Colour Boil dried fruits of Amla / Indian Gooseberry in an iron vessel and leave overnight. Dilute with water and use. Image courtesy-itslife.in

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Extract juice of black grapes and dilute with sufficient quantity of water to remove stickiness. Image courtesy-varbak.com

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Colors of Holi

Take these colors from nature and have a safe and fun holi. Image courtesy-farm5.staticflickr.com

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Colors of Holi
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