Holi is the Indian Festival of Colors. It’s celebrated on the full moon, called Phalgun Purnima or Pooranmash. It comes in the Hindu calendar month of Phalgun. Holi falls in late March to early April in the western calendar. Indians celebrate by tossing colored powder or spraying each other with colored liquid. Here are free printable Holi crafts, greeting cards and worksheets to help kids understand Holi. Teachers, use these for social studies. Homeschool parents, why not explore Holi with kids?
Got Free Cards has four printable Holi cards. Holi is a happy holiday, so sending cards would be appropriate. It celebrates the triumph of Prahlada (with the help of Lord Vishnu) over Prahlada’s jealous father Hiranyakashipu, king of the demons. The Rig Veda–the oldest of the four Hindu Vedic texts–tells how Prahlada loved Lord Vishnu and was made to sit with his demon sister Holika. Holika was consumed and Prahlada was saved. So bonfires are built at Holi to ward of Holika’s wrath.
Craftionary has 10 more free printable Holi cards in bright colors. They show images of fireworks, colored chalks and powders and other Holi images. These cheerful messages help spread the Festival of Colors joy. Click “black and white” or “black ink cartridge” or “print in grayscale” on your printer preferences menu. Then children can use cards as coloring pages, too.
The Color has free printable Holi coloring pages, featuring bonfires, people spraying each other, as well as Indian Holi foods like balushahi.
Printable Colouring Pages has about 10 more challenging coloring pages on Holi. Several could be used as cards, place mats or party decorations.
The University of Texas has a free printable Holi unit with vocabulary, history, crafts, geography, literature and social studies extensions.
Mr. Donn has printable Holi lessons plans, worksheets, book connections, Indian crafts and kids activities. This website is always a good place to get well-researched, child-friendly age-appropriate content, especially for world holidays.
BBC has free printable materials, lesson plans, worksheets and discussions on Holi. Perfect for history and world religions teachers. Use for units on Hinduism. There are Diwali materials to explore another popular Indian holiday.
To make your own Holi spray, mix food coloring and water or dissolved gelatin and water. This way it won’t stain. To wish someone a good Holi, say “Holi Hai!” But watch out for the colored spritzer!