WHERE TO BUY GULAL

Gulal (Hindi: गुलाल) or Abir (Bengali: আবির) or Abhir (Odiaଅଭିର) is the traditional name given to the colored powders used for throwing during Holi.

Holi is an ancient festival that celebrates spring and the harvest. So how does throwing colors relate to this festival? There are multiple Hindu legends to explain the origins of Holi, but the story that relates to color is that of Lord Krishna and Radha. Krishna’s skin is blue and he was feeling a little different or embarrassed by his blue skin in comparison to the fair skin of his love, Radha. So Krishna’s mother, Yashoda, playfully suggested that he smear some brightly colored powder on Radha’s face.

In order to play Holi this year, we’ve put together a short list of places where you can purchase a variety of gulal.


BUY LOCAL

India Heritage
India Heritage, 3137 Lorna Rd #7, Hoover, AL 35216
Be sure to call ahead to make sure the colors are in stock (205) 822-8224


BUY ONLINE

Desiclik: Online Indian Marketplace

Etsy: Organic, Eco-Friendly

Amazon

Have a happy Holi!