Monday, March 1, 2010
The other Face
The environmental issue related to holi is the traditional holika dahan bonfire, which can contribute to deforestation. It is allged that 30,000 bonfires each burning approximately 100 kg of wood are lit in one season. Several methods of preventing the use of wood have been suggested including the use of waste material or lighting of a common single fire. However, the idea of lighting waste material may anger the hurt the sentiments of the large sections who take it as an attack on their cultural values. There is also concern about the large scale wastage of water and water-pollution due to synthetic colors during Holi celebration.