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With the Covid-19 pandemic not much of a concern, it is still essential to take extra precautions while celebrating Holi this year. While the easing of restrictions in India is a positive sign, it is crucial to ensure that everyone stays safe and healthy during the festival of colors. Here are some tips on how to have a safe Holi this year:
Limit the Gathering Size: The pandemic is almost over but not completely eradicated, and the best way to stay safe is to limit the gathering size to only close family and friends. A smaller group means that there is less risk of spreading the virus. If you are celebrating with people outside of your household, make sure to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
Choose Your Colors Carefully: It is essential to choose your Holi colors carefully. Avoid using synthetic colors as they can cause skin irritation and allergies. Instead, opt for natural colors made from flowers, herbs, and vegetables. These colors are not only safe for the skin, but they are also eco-friendly.
Protect Your Skin and Eyes: While playing with colors, make sure to protect your skin and eyes. Apply a thick layer of coconut oil or any other oil-based lotion to your skin to prevent the color from sticking. Wear sunglasses or protective glasses to protect your eyes from color powder.
Use Sanitizers Frequently: Holi celebrations often involve sharing food and drinks, so it is essential to use sanitizers frequently to keep your hands clean. Carry a small bottle of sanitizer with you at all times and use it before and after eating, and after touching any surfaces.
Avoid Water Balloons: Water balloons are a popular way of playing Holi, but they can be a potential source of infection. Avoid using water balloons this year to limit the spread of the virus. Instead, opt for water guns or colored powders.
Stay Hydrated: Playing Holi can be physically exhausting, so it is essential to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drink plenty of water, fresh juices, or coconut water to keep yourself hydrated and energized.
Celebrate Responsibly: Last but not least, celebrate responsibly. Avoid drinking and driving, and ensure that you and your friends have a designated driver. Do not play Holi in public spaces, and ensure that you do not create any public nuisance.