Holi v/s Pollution
Holi, a festival of colors is one of the most celebrated occasions in India. It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and end of winter. And for many this is a festive day to meet others, play, laugh, forget and forgive. As it is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest, it lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Vikram Samvat Hindu Calendar month of Phalguna, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar.
Though Holi has bought its own colors in people's life, the impact the celebration brings on the environment is immense. As this festival is celebrated with synthetic colors, rain dance, water balloons and high decibel music, it adds up to a large amount of pollution at the same time. Apart from that, these artificial colors contain lead oxide, copper sulphate, aluminum bromide, Prussian blue, mercury sulphide etc. that causes problems like irritation in the eye, allergy, rashes, swelling, skin irritation and even asthma.
Moreover, Holi has also been marked for so many cases of sexual harassment. During Holi celebration, a time when social rules are relaxed, women can be subjected to unwanted touches and attack by water balloons on private areas. Those responsible are able to stay concealed by the vibrant powders and liquids. This is one of the major reasons why most of the women chose to stay safe at home or reluctant to be in public places. Under the veil of fun, even society justifies these acts and to be specific many victims do not even realize that they are being harassed.
Although public places like railway stations, parks, gardens, etc. are often guarded by disguised police officials, such incidents still happen in abundance. Any act in the name of Holi without another person's consent is not justifiable. Preventive measures should be taken to mitigate the issues of pollution as the air quality drops after the festival. It is our responsibility to provide an environment worth living for others no matter how hard we celebrate.