How does Rang Barse on Bollywood?


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“Are kaine maari pichkaari tori bheegi angiya…”

Bollywood celebrities celebrate Holi in its full galore. But, being the section of people that the whole nation, in fact the entire world looks up to, they have taken it up on their shoulders to create awareness about the huge water wastage during Holi. Continue reading

Splash the color of life with Sareez!!


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Each splashing Holi keeps a reminiscence of colorful story. Maybe something funny, playful, apprehensive or romantic!! We are looking out to hear from you and all feel the fun of colors all together.
Not just that, the lucky winner will drape an ethnic holi with Sareez!!  
What is the Contest?
We have a simple question for you… 🙂

What does Holi mean to you?

Share your answer in the comment box within 20 words and use the hashtag #lovesareez
Make your calendar red mark on 24th Feb 2017 as starting day of the contest and 5th March 2017 as the end day.
And the lucky day will be 6th March 2017 to check your luck story!! The winner will be asserted with a white  Kurti to drape this holi in ethnicity.
Sareez would love you to print this white ethnic canvas in colours of life. Happy Holi!! 

Holi Celebration in Yellow Color


yellow-holiHoli is one of the most important Hindu festivals. It is celebrated in the month of Phalguna (February/March) in India. Known as the ‘’festival of colours’’, it is celebrated with great pomp and show in all parts of the country. Yellow is one of the most important colours which is used during the celebration of Holi. Here are some ways in which Holi can be celebrated in the yellow colour: –

The Beauty of Yellow Colour

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As a colour, yellow stands for happiness and optimism, creativity and enlightenment as well as sunshine and spring in many parts of the world. Within the natural world, the yellow colour is used to signify daffodils, sunflowers, lemons, canaries and bees. It is also one of the shades of the fall.

Yellow Ethnic Attires for This Holi

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The Yellow Jacquard Readymade Kameez & Churidar is a suitable option for women who want to flaunt an ethnic look during Holi. This yellow coloured kurtis stands out because of its moulded buttons. It comes with a cotton blended white hued churidar. Women who prefer a lighter shade of yellow can opt for the Light Yellow Pure Linen Readymade Salwar Kameez. Created from pure linen, this light yellow Kameez’s strong point is its design with thread work. The salwar is available with white art dupion silk churidar. Women who would love to flaunt a more attractive look should opt for Light Yellow Cotton Blend Readymade Kameez with Churidar. The strong point of this ethnic apparel is it’s Resham work. It will form a perfect foil with the off white cotton blend churidar.

Graceful Feminine Look for Women This Holi

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Women can also look radiant in yellow during Holi with the Yellow Dupion and Net Brasso Readymade Blouse. This empire line blouse has been designed with dangles. It looks best on the wearer when worn with a sari of the matching colour. The sari comes with a cotton lining of the blouse. Women who prefer sleeveless blouses can opt for the Yellow Cotton Chanderi Blouse. It has been designed with dangles and can make ladies the centre of attention when worn with a sari of the matching colour. Cotton fabric has been used as the blouse’s lining. Women who have a liking for the brocade fabric can opt for the Yellow Brocade Blouse. It is unstitched and padded and looks best when worn with a sari of matching colour. The sari comes with a cotton lining.

Fashion Perspective for Spending Ecofriendly Holi

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Keeping in touch with growing environmental concerns, fashion designers are coming up with handwoven clothes to help people celebrate Holi in an eco-friendly way. A number of fabric manufacturers in India are using pre and post-consumer waste materials to produce high-quality fabrics. Ever since the launch of the detox campaign by Greenpeace in 2011, a growing number of fashion designers have started to follow the detox protocol as a part of their creation process. This has also helped in boosting the use of handlooms which has traditionally played a significant role in the textile industry in India.

The History Behind Holi – The Festival of Colors


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Holi is one of the major festivals in the Hindu religion. This festival was originally known as “Holika” and finds mention in the religious works. This festival is celebrated on the day after full moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun (the onset of sprig in early March).The festival celebrates spring and commemorates several events in Hindu mythology. During this festival Hindus attend a bonfire and spray friends with gulal. Also known as the “Festival of Colors” this festival is based on the story of Radha and Krishna. Holi celebrates the onset of spring which is associated with bright colors and a vibrant life.

Celebrating Holika’s defeat

This festival is celebrated at a time when both man and nature throw off the gloom of winters and rejoice in the liveliness of spring. Legend has it that the evil king Hiranyakashipu forbade his son Prahlad from praying to Lord Vishnu. He wanted to avenge the death of his younger brother who was killed by Vishnu. Despite his father’s orders, Prahlad continued to pray to Lord Vishnu. So the king wanted to kill his son. The king asked for a favour from his sister Holika who was immune to fire. A pyre was lit and Holika sat on the fire clutching Prahlad. Surprisingly, Holika burnt to death and Prahlad emerged unscathed by the fire. The complete devotion to Lord Vishnu had saved Prahlad’s life. Holi celebrates Holika’s defeat. On the day before Holi bonfires are lit to burn the spirit of the evils.

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Celebrating divine love between Radha and Krishna

Now the question arises, why is Holi associated with colors. According to the popular Hindu belief Krishna was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He played pranks with the village girls and sprayed them with color and water. It did not take too long for other boys to join him and this became a sport. The sport of spraying colors played by Lord Krishna is depicted in several paintings, murals, sculptures and scriptures across the Indian subcontinent.The festival of Holi also celebrates the enduring love between Lord Krishna and Radha. Legend has it that Krishna complained to Radha’s mother Yashodha about Radha being fairer than him. Yashodha advised Krishna to apply colors on Radha’s face to see how her complexion would change. Holi extends over a longer time in Vrindavan and Mathura, two cities which are closely associated with Lord Krishna.

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Holi brings people together and bridges the social gaps. It gives rise to a general atmosphere of merrymaking and cheer.

Orange- The Color That Rejuvenates


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A tangy color that has a bubbly nature-that is what orange conjures up in my mind.

Lying between the colors red and yellow in the color wheel, orange has the cheerfulness of yellow and the energy of red. In nature the color is associated with the sunrise and the sunsets that captivates all. It is also linked with fruits, flowers, and all that is sweet and fresh and cheerful.

The color orange is a motivational color. Like in the traffic signals, it gets the people on a “go”. It boosts energy and motivates people.

Orange is a warm color, without the aggression of red. It is also considered an auspicious color in India and you will see many temples in orange colored bricks. Orange is also associated with piety. The sages and monks all across the world have used this color for centuries as it denotes devotion. Kings and Emperors used a golden shade of orange to mark their hierarchy.

The vibrancy in orange is used highlight. Be it a road sign or an advertising, orange demands attention.

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In astrology orange is meant for the explorers. It is an inspirational color and also a color of wealth and wisdom.

In the fashion world, orange is now high in trend. Often underrated, this color if balanced well can go with any other colors of the spectrum and create a “wow” factor.

The other benefit of using orange is almost all its shades are unique and vibrant. From the darker Terracotta shades to the subtle melon blush, orange is the color of health and comfort.

If you favor this soothing color, splash the town with orange this Holi.

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Sku Code: 65-7501SL133026
Rs9,521.19

You can easily get orange Holi colors in the market, but if you choose to make your own, here are a few tips.

How to make orange gulaal:

Here in Bengal, spring is welcomed with “Palash” flowers or the “Flame of the Forest”. It is easy to get orange Holi colors from these beautiful flowers by boiling them in water or soaking them overnight in water. The other ways of getting orange is to dry orange Marigold from the winter, and crush them in sparkling orange gulaal, to make your Holi safe and bright and cheerful.

Your festive look can never go wrong in orange. It is best if you dress up in traditional wear while you celebrate the color festival, because most of the Indian household also has a “puja” before the celebration begins. A bright kameez or a kurti in pumpkin or a mango shade of orange will look vibrant on teenagers and youths. Match it up with a churidar or a salwaar in contrasting colors. For those who wish to wear a saree, there is a wide array of orange shades and material to choose from. It is better to avoid materials that get damaged by water and colors. Accessorize with multi-colored bangles and earrings.

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Sku Code: 372-7561SL357657
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Look and feel vibrant this Holi, play safe and make it safe for the others too.

Holi Celebration in Western Parts of India


Holi Wallpaper 2015Holi is a spring festival and is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India. It is more popular in North India where the festival actually originated. The festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The festival used to be celebrated with natural colours derived from neem and turmeric. Today, people use artificial and synthetic colours that may even affect one’s skin health adversely.

Just like each state of India is very different, so is the way each of these states celebrate Holi. Here is a glimpse of how colourful Holi is different parts of Western India:

Celebration of Holi in Gujarat

Gujarat celebrates Holi as a two-day long festival. On the first night, ‘Holika Dahan’ ritual is executed by burning a bonfire. A coconut and corn are offered to this fire as a part of the ritual. The celebration mainly includes applying colours. People in some parts of Gujarat also hang a pot full of buttermilk and groups of men break it as a part of the celebration. This ritual is similar to one carried out during Gokulashtami in Maharashtra.

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Special Holi Delicacies

Meetha Poodas are a very popular Holi recipe among Gujaratis. They also enjoy some lovely chat dishes during Holi. The women in the households gather together to prepare these tempting foodstuffs.

Dressing Style

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Gujaratis dress in white lehenga with colourful blouse  for the occasion of Holi. This makes the colours of Holi more evident.

Celebration of Holi in Maharashtra

Maharashtra celebrates Holi in great style. People in all strata of society celebrate Holi and enjoy it equally. Children get holiday from schools on the day of Holi. They enjoy playing Holi with colours and water balloons. Even in Maharashtra, Holika Dahan is practised. People living in a common area gather and burn the Holika to get rid of evil and start afresh.

Special Holi Delicacies

Maharastra blossoms in unique shades during the Holi festival. The Maharashtrians prepare sweets like Shankar Paara and Puran Poli during the Holi festival. They share sweets with near and dear ones to show the love and togetherness.

Dressing Style

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Maharashtra is one state that shelters people from many different states and cultures. That is the reason why the only common thread that binds the dressing style in Maharashtra is variety. There is no strict dressing code during holi.

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People in cities are opting for white salwar suits, colourful Kurtas and Kurtis for the occasion of Holi. They are opting for stylish ethnic attires that retain the Indian identity.

Some Changing Trends

In the past, people were not aware of the harmful effects of chemical colours. They were also ignorant about the hazards of plastic as an environmental pollutant. The growing awareness has altered the way these festivals are celebrated.

More and more people, especially in the cities, are turning towards eco-friendly colours. The wastage of an important resource like water has made many reconsider their decision of playing Holi with water. Dry yet safe Holi is a common choice especially in the cities in the western parts of India.

What to wear this Holi


Holi, the festival of color is here and you have most probably started wondering how to dress right for the color splash and while doing this, stay chic and look stylish.  If this is your concern too, here are some tips that you must follow in order to not damp the festive fervor and enjoy the color splashes the best way.

What to wear this Holi

Dress Sensibly

While you are immersed in and enjoying the festivities, you wouldn’t want unwanted attention or the colors to damage to your skin. So, make sure that you dress down and dress right.  Holi is not about wearing old, worn out clothes because then your skin will be exposed and at the receiving end of harmful colors and chemicals. Don’t wear body hugging and transparent clothes. Choose light yet cheerful color tones in pastels and peach. Floral prints also go well with the theme of spring and colors.

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Use rubber footwear to stay comfortable and avoid tripping. Avoid wearing branded sunglasses, precious jewelry and footwear to keep them safe.Don’t wear socks as wet socks can make you susceptible to catch cold.  Use bandana, cap or dupatta to cover your hair.

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Layer up!

The best way to protect from harmful colors and water in this changing season is to layer up. Wear inners, vests and shorts underneath. These additional layers will protect your skin from coming direct contact with the colors and water.

Look chic

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Waterproof makeup is the way to go when you are playing Holi with water.  Make sure to remove precious and fragile jewelry which can be misplaced or get damaged in the chaos. Wear light and imitation jewelry if you must.

The After-Party

The evening time is for the casual get together with family and friends. Here you can get dressed up all you want. It is better to stick to traditional and sophisticated outfits. While silk kurta-pajamas or short kurtas with denims are the perfect option for men, women can wear saree, Anarkali suit and mix-and-match kurtis with leggings. Matching jewelry like earrings and bangles can add jazz and glitter to the overall look. Men can opt for ear studs, bracelets and rings to complement their traditional ensemble.

Go simple but dress the way you like

While we cannot emphasize enough over to dress simple and avoid anything branded or flare, it is also true that you should be wearing clothes that suit your body type and you are most comfortable in so that you could  enjoy the festival the most and don’t feel embarrassed because of the clothes.  If a rugged, old pair of denims with white short kurta is your pick, why not? If you are comfortable playing holi in saree or harem pants, there you go!

Hope the pointers have helped to bring you out from the dilemma of do’s and don’ts for Holi. Before signing off, sending you wishes of Happy Holi on your way and may you live long to see the joyous colors of life.  Happy Holi, folks!