What are the Colors of Holi Made of?


    Traditional sources of colors

    The spring season, during which the climate changes, is accepted to cause viral fever and cold. The fun loving tossing of normal shaded powders, called gulal has a therapeutic centrality: the colors are generally made of neem, kumkum, haldi, bilva, and other restorative herbs recommended by Āyurvedic specialists.

    Numerous colors are acquired by blending essential colors. Craftsmans produce and sell a large number of the colors from characteristic sources in dry powder structure, in many months going before Holi. A portion of the customary characteristic plant-based wellsprings of colors are:

    Orange and red

    The blossoms of palash or tesu tree, additionally called the fire of the backwoods, are run of the mill wellspring of brilliant red and profound orange colors. Powdered fragrant red sandalwood, dried hibiscus blossoms, madder tree, radish, and pomegranate are substitute sources and shades of red. Blending lime in with turmeric powder makes a substitute wellspring of orange powder, as does bubbling saffron (kesar) in water.

    Colors of Holi


    Mehendi and dried leaves of gulmohur tree offer a wellspring of green shading. In certain territories, the leaves of spring harvests and herbs have been utilized as a wellspring of green color.


    Haldi (turmeric) powder is the common wellspring of yellow shading. Some of the time this is blended in with chickpea (gram) or other flour to get the correct shade. Bael natural product, amaltas, types of chrysanthemums, and types of marigold are substitute wellsprings of yellow.

    Colors of Holi


    Indigo plant, Indian berries, types of grapes, blue hibiscus, and jacaranda blossoms are customary wellsprings of blue shading for Holi.

    Colors of Holi

    Magenta and purple

    Beetroot is the customary wellspring of red and purple shading. Regularly these are straightforwardly bubbled in water to plan shaded water.


    Dried tea leaves offer a wellspring of dark colored shaded water. Certain muds are interchange wellspring of dark colored.


    Types of grapes, products of amla (gooseberry) and vegetable carbon (charcoal) offer dim to dark colors.

    Synthetic colors

    Common colors were utilized in the past to observe Holi securely by applying turmeric, sandalwood glue, concentrates of blossoms and leaves. As the spring-blooming trees that once provided the colors used to observe Holi have gotten rarer, synthetically created modern colors have been utilized to have their spot in practically all of urban India. Because of the business accessibility of appealing shades, gradually the normal colors are supplanted by manufactured colors. Subsequently, it has made gentle extreme side effects of skin disturbance and irritation. Absence of authority over the quality and substance of these colors are an issue, as they are as often as possible sold by sellers who don’t have the foggiest idea about their source.