If the colours enter your eyes, you will feel continuous irritation. You could even go blind over a period of time if excessive colours have entered your eyes.
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Here’s how to make Holi colours from home ingredients and vegetables
1. Orange colour: Grate one large carrot (you can slice it too if you wish instead of grating), soak in 2 litres boling water and leave overnight.
2. Red colour: Grate or slice one large beetroot, soak in 2 litres boiling water.
3. Purple colour: Finely cut a dozen black grapes and an equal number of gooseberries. Soak them in a bowl of boiling water for half a day.
4. Green colour: Take a small bunch of spinach leaves (palak) and soak in hot water. A bunch of coriander leaves or mint leaves too can give you a nice green colour. If you don’t want wet green colour, dry grind the leaves to a very fine powder.
5. Light Yellow colour: Buy some marigold flowers (the ones you put in a toran or garland). Remove the individual petals and keep them on a newspaper to dry in the shade for half a day. Crush them finely with a pestle till they are reduced to a powder. Even plain turmeric powder is good for a lovely yellow – simply add a tsp. of it to 2 litres of boiled water.