Holi is one of the happiest, most energizing festivals that you can take part in. Without a doubt if you are in Nepal when Holi is happening you need to get yourself involved. It will be messy, it will be colorful and most importantly it will be a lot of fun for you. Who doesn’t want to create life long memories?
As I sit here, with clean hair, after a three hour Holi power session, a half hour shower scrub up and waiting for my taxi to take me to the airport I thought it would be a grand idea to give you a very basic guide to preparing for Holi in Nepal. Straight from the proverbial horses mouth, as someone who has literally just finished enjoying this celebration. I was fortunate enough to celebrate with two girlfriends who I went to high school with.
Before you throw yourself head first into the rainbow of colours that is Holi you will need to do a little bit of preparation for your hair and skin. Now this guide isn’t meant to be gendered against the lads that are going to celebrate Holi. It’s just that there are a few female issues that need to be considered. These do translate across to the male or gender non-specific readers. No matter where you sit on the gender scale James and I love and respect your choice.
A Girls Guide to Preparing for the Colorful Festival of Holi, in Nepal.
Safety First When Celebrating Holi.
Preparing Your Hair for Holi
Oil up your body
What to wear when celebrating Holi in Nepal.
- White/light coloured tee shirt.
- Pants – not Daisy Duke shorts. The Nepalese are a fun but conservative people when it comes to clothing. So cover up a little bit.
- Flipflops/water shoes. You can wear runners/hiking boots but seriously these will get soaked in water and colour. If you are ok with the new rainbow colour that you will be sporting.
- Underwear that you don’t want to keep. Yes even my undies & bra got soaked and stained. The undies were abandoned but my sports bra will get some TLC treatment when I get home.
Post-Holi Hair Care.
Depending on how badly your get colour bombed you may need some fairly decent DIY hair care. The coconut oil is like walking around all day with a leave in treatment. So that will help the overly drying and dying effect of the colored powders.
Shampoo – shampoo – shampoo. And then condition. It’s best to leave your conditioner in for a good 5-10mins whilst you scrub your body and the bath/shower. Don’t be a dick and leave a filthy bathroom for the hotel staff to deal with.
For my hair it took three hard core shampoos and scrubs before the water ran clear. I had a Dr Fabulouso conditioning treatment that I travel with, to help keep my blonde locks golden and clean. After shampooing my hair I did a deep conditioning treatment, and used that time to clean up the bathroom. Even after this amazing treatment I needed to do one more condition to bring it back to semi normal. If you’re not as concerned about your hair you could probably get away with two shampoos and one condition.
Pro Tip – Leave your valuables behind.
Do you need any money to celebrate Holi?
How to avoid getting wet and coloured during Holi.
The shops in Kathmandu are open on Holi.
What time does the Holi Color Festival go for?
Is it worth experiencing Holi in Nepal?
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