8 Fun Activities to Celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors, on March 8

By Ajanta Chakraborty, Co-Founder & CEO of Bollywood Groove & Culture Groove March 5, 2023

You might have heard about Holi, the famous festival of colors from India. You might have seen stunning images of people covered in color from head to toe, celebrating with joyous abandonment! But do you know what Holi is all about or how to celebrate it with your family?

We have eight fun ideas for you!

1. Learn the Story of Holi.

The story of Holi is steeped in bravery. Imagine a little boy who defies an evil king and actually perseveres. This little boy's name was Prahlad, and Holi is celebrated to honor his bravery. Watch this short video story time to learn more, or get the storybook here.

2. Make this marvelous Prahlad Lamp.

Now that you have learned all about brave Prahlad, try to make this cool glow-in-the-dark lamp that shows him emerging from the flames, victorious!

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3. Watch the Holi Read-Aloud.

Now that you know why we celebrate Holi, let's find out how we celebrate it. Watch this 15-minute read-aloud of our Maya/Neel adventure book, or get the book here.

4. Make a Sliding Pichkari Card.

Did you see the fantastic Pichkari we use to splash water on each other? Make a fun card with a hidden message inside of it!

5. Try a Holi Dance.

Time to dance! Check out this entertaining dance on a remix of a timeless Holi song with fun banter between two people splashing each other with color!

6. Try a Friendship Activity.

It's no hidden secret that every society has some way of classifying and separating people. And Holi acts as one of the best equalizers in Indian society!

The day of Holi is meant for people to put aside their differences and celebrate together. The most straightforward concept of such an equalizing factor for kids is to look at it from the lens of friendship. 

Talk with your kids about what makes someone a good friend and how to show appreciation for their friends. Aiding you in the process can be some very fun activities, including helping Chintu, the pet squirrel and the most popular character from Maya/Neel books, climb up the friendship ladder!

7. Make Gujia, a delicious Holi snack.

No Indian festival is complete without delicious food, and Holi is no exception. Try this recipe for a healthy version of Gujia, a popular Holi snack.

8. Sing and Dance with Holi.

We may be tired of "Baby Shark," but the kids are not! So check out this fun Holi Shark song that talks about all of the aspects of the Holi celebration!

Meet Ajanta Chakraborty

Ajanta is the co-founder of Bollywood Groove and Culture Groove. She is an award-winning co-author of the bestselling series: Maya & Neel's India Adventures with 12+ titles. Ajanta has been featured on NBC, ABC, FOX, Elle Magazine, Neilsen Media, Sun-Times, Univision, Al Jazira, and more.