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Make Holi Powder and Celebrate India’s and Nepal’s Cultures

Four children with Holi powder on their faces

What better way to welcome spring than by dousing your friends—and complete strangers—with this colorful Holi powder recipe? That’s exactly what happens during Holi, a spring festival most popularly celebrated in India and Nepal. The event is often referred to as the Festival of Colors, and its main purpose is to celebrate the beginning of spring. During Holi, people say goodbye to the cold of winter and rejoice in the bright colors of a new season.

Holi takes place on the last full moon of the lunar month of Phalguna, which occurs in February and March every year. The varying traditions of Holi are as diverse as the colors of spring.

In some states, a pot of buttermilk is hung high above the street in honor of the Hindu god Krishna, who is known for being fond of—you guessed it—buttermilk. During the celebration, dancers make human pyramids to try to reach the pot and spill the milk. While they try to spill it, others throw colored water and powder on the human pyramid as a distraction. (Krishna is also known for his playful tricks!)

Holi is a brilliant way to liven your spirit and welcome the arrival of spring. Bring a splash of color to your season with our Holi powder recipe below.

And be warned—things get messy during Holi!

Person celebrating Holi with colored powder on her face

What You Will Need to Make Holi Powder

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water (give or take)
  • Food coloring
Person playing with children in market during Holi

How to Make Holi Powder

  1. Mix the flour and water in a large bowl until it forms a thick paste.
  2. Add your favorite food coloring to the paste and mix it in with your hands. (You may want to wear a pair of disposable gloves so the food coloring doesn’t stain your hands!)
  3. Scoop the paste from the bowl and form it into a ball with your hands.
  4. Use a rolling pin to flatten the ball into a disk that is about 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Let the disk sit overnight until it is completely dry.
  6. Use a coffee grinder to crumble the disk back into powder. (Adults should do or help with this step.)

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