Sunday, February 28, 2010

Play Holi The Eco Friendly Way - Happy Holi!

Play Holi The Eco Friendly Way - Happy Holi!

Holi, the festival of colours is usually celebrated in the month of phalgun. Phalgun arrives with the promise of warm days and new life - Spring is the season of rejuvenation and rebirth. Holi comes alive with the colours of 'gulal'. These gulal are nowadays made from very harmful Chemical dye. A word of caution to all holi players merits attention here.

Most of these dyes like Green colour are obtained from copper sulphate, which can cause Eye Allergy, Puffiness and Temporary blindness.

Purple obtained from chromium iodide - may cause bronchial asthma or other forms of allergy.

Silver obtained from aluminum bromide - a known carcinogenic. Black obtained from lead oxide - may cause renal failures or learning disability. Red obtained from mercury sulphite - may cause skin cancer or Minamata disease (mental retardation, paralysis, impaired vision...)

Shiny Colours are a result of powdered glass being added to the colours. 

Dry gulals are also mixed with asbestos, silica, acids, alkalis, pieces of glass, which not only induce skin disorders like abrasion, irritation, itching but can impair vision, cause respiratory problems and also cancer.

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