Tips to Celebrate Holi at Home

After a long winter, spring has finally sprung and for people who practice Hinduism, it’s time to celebrate Holi, the “festival of colors” that marks the arrival of spring.

In 2021, Holi falls on March 28-29, and under normal circumstances would be celebrated with huge festivals filled with lit pyres, water balloons and colorful powder.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, large gatherings of people are still a no-go but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo your celebrations altogether. You can still have plenty of fun for Holi from the comfort of your own home and yard.

Here are some tips and inspiration to help you plan your family’s festivities.

Holi recipes

For those who don’t typically celebrate Holi, the holiday can be a great reason to expand your child’s horizons and introduce him or her to different kinds of food such as Barfi, Gujiya or Malupa. If your family practices Hinduism or is of Indian descent, it’s a great time to try out new recipes that you might not have in your cookbook.

Food and Hindi bloggers offer up some delicious options including these must-trys:

You can find more traditional Indian recipes on MetroParent.com, too.

Fun activities

Holi is the “festival of colors,” and that means it’s the perfect excuse to break out your colorful crafting supplies and let your kids get messy for a change.

You can’t go wrong creating colorful flour to throw around in your backyard, but if you don’t want to participate in this part of the celebration, here are some craft and ideas that we found.

  • Chicago Parent’s Holi guide offers virtual events and books to read for the holiday
  • Artsy Craftsy Mom features a full breakdown of how to celebrate the holiday — including 15 craft ideas such as painted Holi people and paint-splattered holiday cards
  • Find folktales that inspired the celebration and more activities from Ninja Notes.

Wishing you a Happy Holi!


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