Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about holi powder

If you’re into vibrant colours you’re going to just love Holi Colour Powder. Not only is it a fun way to make an event memorable – it’s something your guests, kids and everyone involved will remember well into the future.

You might have seen some photos of colour powder floating around online or heard about a colour powder event at a local school, your children’s school or at the end of a fun run and through to yourself “what is holi colour powder?” or more likely if your child’s school is having a fun run with coloured powder ‘does holi colour powder stain clothes or hair?’

Don’t worry – you’re not alone, we get asked all sorts of questions here at holicolourpowder.com.au so we’ve put together this article called “Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about holi powder” to give you the nuts and bolts of holi powder so you can have extraordinary events and fabulous fun runs.

So without further ado, here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Holi Powder.

What is holi colour powder?

Holi colour is a colourful powder that’s been used in religious and

ancient Hindu festivals for over 1500 years. This festival – usually held in March, has been mentioned in ancient poems and dramas as far back as the 4th century. There are many aspects to the Holi festival like a bonfire that’s symbolic of victory of good over evil. The festival is designed to help revellers rid themselves of errors they may have done in the past and to come together with others to forget, forgive, enjoy the changing of new seasons and make new friends.

Traditionally people used natural, plant based colours from turmeric, Indian lilac, dhak (also called flame-of-the-forest), and kumkum (a combination of turmeric and slaked lime or Calcium hydroxide) but now commercial, water-based, non-toxic, food-grade pigments are used.

Our Holi Colour Powder is a combination of 98% cornstarch and 2% pigment colours which is safe for kids, totally biodegradable and won’t hurt the environment.

What is holi powder used for?

As mentioned above holi powder has traditionally been used in the Holi festivals and sometimes funerals in India and other countries like Nepal, Jamaica,

Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa and Malaysia. More and more we’re seeing Holi Colour Powder being used for a wide range of different events. Here’s just a few of the ways people are using Holi Colour Powder:-

  • In fun runs
  • At the end of a race or marathon
  • As a fundraising event for schools
  • To add colour at weddings
  • For gender reveals
  • For photo shoots
  • Colour parties
  • Coldplay Film Clips

Most of our customers are schools that use our coloured powders for fun runs and school events, but we have many other customers that buy Holi Powder online for weddings and photoshoots.

What is holi powder called?

If you’ve only seen images of coloured powder events you may not know that Holi powder is traditionally called Holi or Gulal. Many people call it a wide variety of names like coloured powder, chalk powder (even though it’s not made out of chalk), paint powder, flour powder, cornstarch powder, fun run powder, throwing powder and a whole bunch of other names.

What stores sell holi powder?

Want some great news? You don’t even have to get off your couch to order coloured powder from us. Simply go to our Holi Colour Powder online store and order what you need, add your address details and we will deliver your coloured powder anywhere in Australia. And best of all, if your order is over $150 you get free shipping!!

Does holi powder stain skin or hair?

Our Holi Powder will not stain hair or skin. In saying that it’s advisable to wash off coloured powders as soon as possible to ensure that it doesn’t stain. Prolonged exposure may cause discolouration on some items of clothing like leather or suede shoes and any porous surfaces like athletic tracks, untreated concrete, carpets, etc

Will holi powder come out of clothes?

Yes. As our holi colour powder is naturally biodegradable it will come out of clothing after a wash or two. In saying that, it’s a good idea not to wear your best clothes (or your wedding dress!) to a Holi powder event. Many schools use a Holi Colour event as an opportunity to fundraise by selling white shirts specifically for the event.

If you want to KEEP the colour on your shirt, you can spray your shirt with vinegar and this will keep the colour in your shirt for several washes (but it will eventually come out)

Will holi powder stain grass?

We get it, if you work at a school or are involved in the P&C this is the first thing the groundskeeper is going to ask. We can tell you with certainty that Holi Colour powder purchased from us will not stain grass and will disappear with a little water or the next lot of rain.

What’s holi powder made of?

Here’s where you need to be careful as not all Holi Powders are made the same. Some of them are chalk-based, others may have toxic materials like silica or even asbestos in them.

Our Holi Powders are made with 98% cornstarch and 2% non-toxic colours and are ISO 9001-2005 certified Crisil rated

Is holi powder toxic?

Not all Holi Powders are created equal so you do need to be careful about where you buy your holi colour powder. Some powders are made with toxic elements like silica or even asbestos, so you want to make sure whoever you’re buying your coloured powder for fun runs, events, etc are reputable.

Sure you can probably buy coloured powder dirt cheap from overseas, but do you really know what you’re getting?

Our Holi Powders are made with 98% cornstarch and 2% non-toxic colours and are ISO 9001-2005 certified Crisil rated