You will need
- Device with access to the internet
Before you begin
- This is a great activity to run during an online session. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.
- Everyone could wear colourful clothes, or their favourite colour, to really get into the spirit of this fun festival.
- If you’re not using a digital platform where everyone can create a piece of digital art together, ask everyone to bring colouring pens or pencils and paper with them to create their own art.
- The person leading the activity should introduce Holi. Who knows what it is? Does anyone celebrate it? What does it celebrate? What do celebrations usually look like?
- Holi celebrations are usually fun and very active. Why not get everyone into the spirit with a virtual scavenger hunt? You could ask people to find things that are a specific colour or give them a clue for a colour. If people are wearing colourful items, it might be best to have a rule that you can’t count anything you’re wearing.
- When everyone comes back with their object, people could share what the colour makes them think about or feel. For example, maybe blue might make them feel calm or think about sadness.
- The person leading the activity should explain that although there are different ways to think about colours, in Holi:
- Blue is often linked to the Hindu god Krishna.
- Yellow may be linked to health. It’s the colour of turmeric, a spice that grows in India and other parts of Asia, which is thought to have health benefits.
- Red may be linked to the theme of love.
Experiment with digital art
- Everyone could look at some photos or this video clip from the BBC to see some Holi celebrations in action.
- Why not see if you can use the digital platform you’re meeting on to create come colourful art to represent the festival?
This activity got everyone thinking about the international community and different faiths and beliefs. Are there any similarities between Holi and any other festivals or celebrations people take part in? People might suggest Chinese New Year, also known as the spring festival. Colour is a big part of Chinese New Year too, with a focus on the colour red, which is said to bring good luck. People may also think about Valentine’s Day as another celebration of love.
Why is it important that people learn about festivals and celebrations that they don’t celebrate? People might suggest that they help us understand each other better, respect what is important to others, and teach us about history and cultures. How would it feel if people didn’t understand and respect things that were important to you?
- Online safety
Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.
For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.
As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.
- Active games
The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.