Sunday, February 18, 2018

What To Include In Your Race Kits | Color Fun Run For Charity

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What To Include In Your Race Kits | Color Fun Run For Charity

Kids covered from head to toe in colored powder with smiles a mile wide paints a pretty enticing picture for school fundraising! Rainbow runs are great fundraising vehicles because a fun run where you get to get messy gets people involved!

Color Fun Run Race Kits For a School Fundraiser

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One way to add interest to your color fun run for charity is to provide participants with a Race Kit. If you have ever participated in a fun run you are familiar with the typical fun run accessories – usually a t-shirt, maybe lots of coupons for different businesses and perhaps some other goodies thrown in. So what items should you include in a Fun Run race kit?

What Should Be In Our Race Kits ? How to Organize a Color Fun Run

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We believe it is all about the colors and all about inspiration and smiles. Ours include:

  • A t-shirt – A hip design with lots of inspirational words.
  • Individual Powder Packet – everyone’s gotta have some of their own personal shade
  • Sunglasses – to keep the dust out of the eyes – and well just to look cool in general.
  • Inspirational Bracelet – for inspiration as well as the fashion statement.
  • Temporary Tattoos – Fun and Inspiration and who doesn’t want to be tatted up temporarily.
  • Color Blaze Sticker – the coolness factor of course!

How to Put Together a Fun Run Fundraiser

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So, how to organize a fun run?

We like to keep ours bright and colorful with items you will need for your race as well as just some fun toys. If the fun run accessories are fun, it conveys that the race is going to be fun and it also can be used as an incentive to get people signed up. You can provide a set of fun run gears to the early bird sign ups or you can charge more for the race registration if it includes a race kit.

The list of items to add to your own fun run gears are endless but the most important thing to keep in mind is to choose items that are going to appeal to the community. The second most important thing to remember is to choose items that are low cost and/or free so you aren’t increasing the costs too much. Items such as t-shirts will likely be the most costly but a t-shirt also provides great marketing for your event next year. As the participants wear your shirt throughout the year they are providing advertising for you and it keep them looking forward to the next one!

Get Locals Involved When You Host a Fun Run | Fundraising Ideas

Get Free Stuff! Ask the local business community for donations. The local dollar store may be willing to donate bandannas or candy. The local ice cream store might give you coupons for free ice cream. Maybe the grocery store or sports store would give you granola bars or power bars. Don’t overlook your school community, you never know what connections parents may have. Perhaps someone knows a sports drink rep or a someone who owns a promotional company that would be happy to donate samples.

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Whether you decide to make your own or use one from our product list, it should definitely be considered to add to your fundraising possibilities.

We also supply schools and organizations with their holi color powder needs for Spring Festivals. Whether you’re looking for holi powder, charity event supplies, or anything to do with Vibrant Festive Events, Colored Powder from Color Blaze is most definitely the top choice for you!

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Organizing A Fun Run – Earn More With Sponsorships

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Organizing A Fun Run – Earn More With Sponsorships

Obtaining sponsorships from local businesses is the key to having a successful fun run fundraising campaign. Event sponsors can give you the resources you need to take your event to the next level. When you are first starting out, the thought of asking for sponsorships can be overwhelming.

You aren’t sure who to ask, how to ask and what to offer in return. Here is a quick guide to help you create a plan for obtaining sponsorships for a Color Fun Run.

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Put together a small group to make a list of what types of donated goods, services and monetary donations you will need for their event. Include everything from water bottles to start/finish line banners, to color powder. Be sure to attach a monetary value to goods and services so you know what it is you are asking for. Here is just a partial list of possible goods and services that could be donated:

  • Water Bottles
  • Sports Drinks
  • Power Bars
  • Start and Finish Line Banners
  • Color Powder for Color Stations
  • Color Packets for a Color Toss and to sell as an additional fundraiser
  • DJ Services
  • Prizes for fundraising – think of everything from Free Ice Cream coupons, Movie Passes, Pizza to larger prizes like Mall gift certificates, Smart TV, Headphones. Think about the community and what will incentivize them to raise money.

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Create a Targeted Market

Now that you know what you need, mine your organizations personal connections as well as businesses that members of your organization frequent. The old adage “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” definitely comes into play when asking for sponsorships.

Make a list of local businesses that members of your fundraising committee have a connection with, your organization has a relationship with or the school or organizations families frequent. These are the best places to start and perhaps where you will have the most success, since odds are they know someone personally who attends your school and/or their customers attend the same school so someone they know will benefit directly from their donation. You can expand your reach from there.

Craft a Donation Letter

color run fundraiserYou will need to write a donation letter outlining what you are asking for. Remember be specific and put your best foot forward. Make sure it is written on the school or organization’s letter head. Introduce yourself and be specific about what you are contacting them for. Explain the organization’s mission, specifically what you are raising for funds for and how much in total you will need. Ask them specifically what you want – would you be interested in sponsoring a XYZ at $$$$.

Also give them alternatives – a cash donation, gift cards you can use as prizes, services you may require for the next event, etc., You may have to craft a general outline letter and then tailor it for each business depending upon what you are asking for. Make sure to outline what you are offering in exchange for their sponsorship. Let them know how many students you have and how many local families will see their name.

Tell them you will be mentioning them in your social media posts (be sure to tag them), on the website, in flyers, and in the email blasts about the event and you will be encouraging your followers to frequent their business.

Find the Right Fit and Make it Easy for Them to Say Yes!

Now it is time to divide and conquer. Organize committee members and divide up you list of businesses. If someone has a business or personal relationship with any of the businesses on the list have that person approach the business. Businesses do get bombarded with emails so sometimes it is more effective visit them in person.

Make sure to time your visit or phone call at a time that is not busy for the business. Always follow up with an email thanking them for their time – even if they said no – it never hurts to maintain a friendly relationship.

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Keep Records of Your Donations and Follow Up

Whenever you receive a donation, whether it is large or small, an immediate handwritten thank you note goes a long way. Also be sure to follow up with them after the event thanking them again for their generosity and letting them know what an impact their donation made.

You could also update them on the success on the campaign, “because of business owners like you, we will be building our new playground in the Spring.” You can also provide them with photos of the event and photos/screenshots of when their logo was used and mentions in email blasts, social media etc. So they know what kind of exposure they received from their sponsorship.

Lastly make sure you have a comprehensive list of businesses you contacted – contact name, phone number email and what the end result was, even if it was a no – this will help next year’s group immensely in their fundraising.

Sponsorships Affect Your Bottom Line

You are going to get some “No’s” and that’s ok. But keep at it. Obtaining sponsorships and donations from local businesses not only offsets the costs of putting on the event, and hopefully brings in additional cash donations as well that you can put towards your fundraising goal, it also increases the communities awareness of Color Fun Runs and your cause and can add to increase attendance!

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Make It Happen! Organize a Color Fun Run Fundraiser!

If you’re interested in organizing a fun run for your cause, whether is be a school, non-profit, or community cause; a color based event is a great idea! Of the multitude of fundraising event ideas out there, we’ve found that a fun run can be something new, exciting, unique, and lucrative! For more color fun run ideas read our other blogs on a variety of topics. From how to organize a run, to all the fundraising ideas out there, browse our site to get all professional insider tips you need to have a successful event!

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Color Fun Runs | How To Organize a Fun Run

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Color Fun Runs | How To Organize a Fun Run

If you are a PTO member, school administrator, coach or teacher you may need to do some fundraising for your school. You may be searching for school fundraising ideas and thinking you want to stage a fundraising event that will get all students, parents and the community at large involved. Fun Runs seem to fit the bill. Fun Runs with COLOR are even better! Colored Powder adds a whole new element to a typical 5K Fundraising Race that gets people involved who may have never even considered running in a 5k before – and for you the more people the more funds! So how do you get on your way to school fundraising with colored powder? We have a few tips for you to get you started.

  1. Pick the event date, time and place
  2. Get permissions needed, plan the course and set fundraising goals
  3. Make a budget
  4. Set fundraising goals and gain sponsors
  5. Promote your event
  6. Day Of Preparation
  7. Clean Up

organizing a color fun runPick your Event Date, Time and Place – Organization of your Fun Run

When choosing the event date for your school fundraiser you will want to pay close attention to what other activities are happening at each individual school, district wide, and in your local community. For example, if the local high schools prom or your town’s annual craft festival is the same weekend you may want to consider another time so you are not conflicting with other events and trying to draw the same people to yours.

Organizing Fun Runs Around Community Activities

Also make sure that you are not sandwiching the Color 5k in between recent fundraising events or similar runs. You may not want to schedule it 2 weeks after the Spring Carnival and 2 weeks before the gift wrap fundraiser as the community may be burned out on fundraising events. You want your Color Fun Run to be a vibrant, exciting, event that everyone in the local community wants to participate in and choosing the right date has a lot to do with it.

Once you have picked your date you will want to consider the place. Hosting a Color Fun Run on school grounds may be a great option for you. It is easy and accessible for students and families and you can draw the attention of your local community as well. City parks and trails may also be an option.

Get Permissions Needed, Plan your Fun Run Course

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Now that you have decided on the fundraising event date and place, you need to insure you have all the necessary permissions before moving forward. If you are planning the event on your school grounds, you probably just need to get permission from the school principal. If the course will be on public property you will need to get permission and/or obtain any needed permits from your local city/county authorities. If it is on private property you of course need to insure the property owner has granted you permission to use the space for the Color Fun Run.

Once you have all the necessary permissions secured you will want to plan the course. Make sure it is easy to follow. It also works best if your Start and Finish line loop back to the same general area. As you plan your course you will want to consider how many Color Stations you will have and where you will set them up.

Set Your Budget

colored powderYou may already have a general idea of how much you want to make based on what you are raising funds for – but sometimes it works well if you start with a budget – determine what the costs are and then plan out how you are going to cover those costs and raise money for the organization. In terms of a Color Fun Run here are some but not all of the costs you may want to consider:

1. Permits/Fees – are there any permit costs or fees associated with your location?

2. Color Powder Costs – you can determine how much color powder you need based on how many participants you expect and how many color stations you will have. You can find all of the info on how to organize a fun run on our popular blog post.

3. Color Powder Packet Costs -while not 100% necessary a color powder toss to kick off your run certainly creates a festive atmosphere and kicks the fun into high gear.

4. Starting Lines, Finish Lines, Cones, Signage – Are you going to use banners, or rent flags or inflatable arches to designate the start and finish lines. How about cones to mark every course, signage to mark your course or signage to indicate where the run is happening.

5. Other race related expenses –

  • Race Registration Costs – while many choose to take sign ups on their own websites or collecting registration forms, you can also use sites like DoJiggy, etc. to help with race registration. These sites do make registration easier but there are costs involved.
  • DJ – having great music and announcer really help to create an exciting color vibe, plus a DJ can help direct participants to the start line, finish dance party etc.
  • Portable restrooms – depending on your location and if public restrooms are available.
  • Water for every water stations.

6. Prizes/Incentives for school fundraising goals -If you are going to have your students and/or community participants raise funds – sometimes it helps to offer prizes or incentives based on hitting specific fundraising goals. Sometimes that is as simple as offering a free color powder packet if they hit the first fundraising goal or other race related items like colorful bandanas, backpacks, socks etc. You can also offer gift cards from local businesses. Have a grand prize to the person that raises the most money. Often you are able to get this prize donated so you don’t have an additional cost.

7. Items for Add- On Sales – you may want to think about items that you can sell leading up to the race for a profit. For example – extra color powder packets, bandanas, tattoos, t-shirts.

Fundraising Goals and Sponsorships – Organizing a Fun Run

fun fundraisers for schoolsOnce you have determined the costs, determine what your fundraising goal is and how you are going to achieve it. There is a large variety of fundraising options at a Color 5k.

  1. Registration Fees – set a registration fee for the Color Fun Run. Check to see what other races in the area are charging so you don’t price yourself out of the market and also keep in mind what you think the community is willing to pay to participate.
  2. Color Run Race Kits and /T-shirts – sometimes you can charge a higher registration fee if the registration fee includes a t-shirt or goody bag. Or you can offer different levels of registration. For example – Race registration only is X $’s, Race registration with a t-shirt is XX $’s, Race registration with a t-shirt and goody bag is XXX $’s.
  3. Sponsors – Obtaining sponsorships from local businesses is the key to having a successful fundraising campaign. You can ask local business to sponsor the whole race or sponsor an individual color station, the start line, the finish line, a water station, the color powder packets etc.
  4. Food Vendors – another option is to create a fair like atmosphere and have food trucks or other local vendors like face painters at your event. It gives participants more incentive to attend. You can either charge these vendors a small fee for the space and/or ask them to donate a portion of their afternoon sales to your cause.
  5. Add-On Race Product Sales – you can raise additional money by offering race related products for sale on the day of the race. For example, people love the color powder packets to throw on themselves and at other participants – offer those for sale at a profit. Bandanas, sunglasses, t-shirts, gatorade, are all possibilities.

Promote Your Event

Promoting the event is perhaps the most important aspect. You need to get your community EXCITED about attending a color fun run! Make sure to let them know why you are having this event – what you are fundraising for? People are much more likely to rally behind a cause if they know the specifics.

How To Organize A Color Fun Run Promotion

To promote the event you need to start early and you need to promote often.

  1. Start promoting at least 3 months prior. Make sure it is on all of your school calendars, website and social media pages.
  2. Consider having a pep rally to let the entire school know how much fun it is going to be and to plan on attending.
  3. Send flyers home with your students with all of the specifics about the run.
  4. If you have a sign out in front of the school put your event info up for the community at large to see.
  5. If you have a weekly email that goes out to parents – make sure to include it EVERY single week. In the beginning you may be providing basic information – what, when, where, why etc. But each week you can add information to it – perhaps give them an update on why you need the funds – how is it going to benefit their child. Update them on the progress reaching your fundraising goal – perhaps include a goal thermometer in each email. Always make sure to include a link to where they can send up.
  6. Consider working with a fundraising website that will help you with registration and allow you to send out emails to relatives and friends across the country who may not be able to attend but would love to donate to your school. There are many options out there. Dojiggy and Active are a few that people have found helpful.
  7. Post on social media weekly in the beginning. As you get closer you may want to post more often.
  8. Ask you sponsors if they will promote it for you. Will they hand out flyers, allow you to put up a poster, put the event on their social media and/or website.
  9. Contact you neighboring schools and let them know about your Color 5k. For example if you are an elementary school – you may want to let the local middle school and high school know about the event so they can promote it to their student population.

What to Do on the Day of your Event

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You have planned and planned and planned and now it is finally here! Now you just have to set up and start your party! One little trick is to plan extra time for set up. If you think it is going to take 2 hours to set up the course, prepare registration area, start and finish lines, water stations, vendors etc. – then allow 3 hours. You won’t be rushed and if you have any surprises along the way you will have time to deal with them. The same goes for all volunteers – if you think they need to arrive at 8:30, tell them to arrive at 8:00. That way you will insure that everyone is arrives on time. Make sure to prepare a detailed checklist of everything that needs to be done on race day. Share it with other planners and put them in charge of sections.

After Your Race To-Do List

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The race is over and hopefully it was a huge success! One thing that often gets forgotten about in the planning stages is the clean-up. Make sure you have a dedicated team of volunteers for the race clean- up. Breaking everything down and making sure the area is as clean as when you arrived takes just as much time as the set up.

Organize For Efficient Fun Run Clean Up

  1. Make sure to have a dedicated volunteer team in place for cleaning up and break down.
  2. Walk the race course and check the area for trash.
  3. Blow away or hose away any color powder residue that may be left.
  4. Have any vendors check in with you before they leave so you can insure that they have left their area clean.
  5. Don’t forget to say “Thank You!” We suggest sending an email and publicly acknowledging sponsors and volunteers on your website and social media channels. Send an email to all participants and thank them for attending. You may want to mention whether or not you achieved your goal – people feel good when they can be a part of something positive! Finally, don’t forget to thank any local police, fire, city or school officials that may have been of service to you during your event.
  6. Take note of what went well, what didn’t go well, and what you would like to change for next year’s event. Make sure to have a dedicated volunteer team in place for cleaning up and break down.

A Color Fun Run is a great fundraising event! We hope this guide was helpful! We also have a few other guides to planning and fundraising with a Color Fun run that you may be interested in:

Organizing A Color Run

How to do a Color Toss

How to Throw Color Powder At A Color Fun Run

How To Clean Up Color Powder

How to keep the color in your Color Fun Run Shirt

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

How to Throw Color Powder at a Fun Run

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How to Throw Color Powder at a Fun Run

If you are organizing your fist Color Fun Run you may be wondering just how do you get all that vibrant colors on your runners? First you need to understand the basics of how a fun run is set up. Maybe you’re wondering just what is a color run?

Color Stations

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Generally you will have sections of your race that participants run through and they are showered in colors. These sections are usually called Color Stations. Most 5ks and other related events have from 3 to 5 stations set up throughout the course. Each station usually consists of one shade. You may have a Yellow, Blue, Teal, and a Pink Station.

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If you like you can have balloons, flags or fun signs along the course right before the station, letting runners know they are coming up on the Pink Stations for example.

Throwing Colored Powder

At each station you will have volunteers with the designated shade on either side. Depending on the size of your fun run you will need two to six volunteers. This way you’ll be able to throw colored powder on runners from each side and if you have large groups coming through at the same time with two to three volunteers spaced out on each side of your course you will be able to cover the most people.

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Most orders are in 25lb bags. We recommend transferring the wholesale color powder to 5 gallon buckets. One 25lb bag fits easily inside a 5 gallon bucket and it is just easier to handle in a rigid container like bucket. Here are some fun run ideas you might want to check out!

The two most popular ways to throw colored powder on your runners is to use either dixie cups or squeeze bottles.

If you use dixie cups, we recommend the small bathroom size – they are approximately 3 ounces.

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They are easy to use – just scoop up some with the dixie cup and throw it on the race participants as they run by you. You only need a couple of dixie cups per volunteer – but always have some extra on hand for each team.

Squeeze bottles are our customers top choice for dispensing the colored powders.

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Squeeze bottles are easy to use – just point and squeeze. Our customers report that they feel they can aim better and they don’t waste as much holi color powder. We recommend that each volunteer throwing powdered chalk is armed with 2 squeeze bottles. Throughout the 5k race you will have breaks in runners and your volunteers will have time to refill their bottles.

We’ve put together a quick video for you that details how to set up your stations and how to use dixie cups and squeeze bottles for a run or for your color war powder.

Color Blaze | How to Set Up Color Stations for Your Color Fun Run

As always our creative team is always on hand to help you bring your vision into full blaze. Please call or email us with any questions you may have – we’re happy to help! And as always Throw Kindness Around Like Color Powder!

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Get The Best Wholesale Color Powder Deals With Color Blaze

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Get The Best Wholesale Color Powder Deals With Color Blaze

Fundraising events like color runs have become increasingly popular as a way to engage your community and raise funds for your organization. Many are in search of what powder is used for a fun run and where to buy wholesale color powder at great prices so you can maximize school fundraising or charitable fundraising efforts.

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What is Color Powder?

The colors used in these events is known by a myriad of different names – color run powder, colored chalk powder, colored dust, holi powder, colored corn starch and many more variations of these terms. The ingredients are Food Grade Cornstarch and FDA and FD&C approved food and cosmetic dyes. It is bright, vibrant that throws easily and gives the participant the feeling of walking through a rainbow. It is washable and washes out of most clothing and skin and hair easily.

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What Kind of Color Powder Packages are Available

It is usually available in individual packets and bulk orders by the pound on a few websites. Individual packets are usually used by the participants of a fun run to throw color on each other and themselves. The bulk package is used by race volunteers to throw on the participants as they run through stations. Color Blaze sells in bulk in 5 pound and 25 pound bags.

Color Blaze | How to Set Up Color Stations for Your Color Fun Run

How Much Powder Do I Need for a Fundraising Event?

How much bulk order you need is based on how many color stations you are planning on having at your run. Here is the general rule of thumb:

  • 3 stations – ½ pound per participant
  • 4 stations – ¾ pound per participant
  • 5 stations – 1 pound per participant

For example if you are planning on 4 stations for your fun run event and you will have approximately 200 participants you would need 150 pounds divided between the 4 stations.

Exciting Wholesale Color Powder Deals

We offer free shipping on all of our 25 pound bags. So it doesn’t matter where you are located, you don’t need to worry about high shipping costs.

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For smaller fun runs we offer a great package – the six pack deal – which contains six 5 pound bags in the colors of your choice.

Perhaps our most economical package is our Race Kits.

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Whether you are hosting a large or small fun run, it comes with everything you need for the event and make it easy to calculate the costs and how much you will raise. Race Kits include – enough bulk holi powder for 3 stations (½ pound per order), an individual packet for each person, tshirt, sunglasses, inspirational bracelet, tattoos and a sticker.

If you sell your race kits as part of your entry fee at $25 you will make $13 on each pack sold. If $12 per person is out of your budget you can order our Race Kits without the Tshirt for just $7 – you get all the same great gear and powder packet less the tshirt. Both are a great option for fundraising and save you from having to source all of the products on your own.

If you are interested in other fundraising ideas visit our blog post How to Raise Funds with Color Fun Runs. For a complete listing of all of our products ranging from individual packets to wholesale deals, visit our site and browse all we have to offer!

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Modern Festivals With Holi Powder

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Modern Festivals With Holi Powder

You may have heard of Holi Festivals or seen the vibrant photos of people covered from head to toe in brightly colored powder, but always wondered what it was all about. Holi is an event that originated in India as a Hindu religious and cultural celebration. While The Festival of Colors has many traditions and legends associated with it, the condensed version is the celebration of Spring, rebirth and the triumph of good over evil. And what better way to celebrate than to throw color powders on each other!

It has risen in popularity in recent years with applications in everything from fun runs to photo shoots. Part of it’s popularity is due to the fact that it is such a joyous celebration and well it’s just plain fun! It’is an event that everyone can enjoy – adults, kids, grandparents!

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Fun Festivities

Traditional festival from India is traditionally made from herbs and flowers. Now, it’s widely available in the United States. If you are wondering where to buy, you can find holi powder for sale on our site, where we offer a wealth of wholesale holi powder products. Many of the colored powders in the United States are made from food grade cornstarch and non toxic FDA approved food dyes.

How and When To Celebrate Holi?

If you attend such event you will see many, many colors! Some of the colors do have meaning behind them. Red for example reflects, matrimony, love and fertility. Green symbolizes spring, new beginnings and harvest. Yellow represents turmeric which has medicinal uses. And Blue represents Krishna, a revered god in Hinduism.

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Where To Get Wholesale Holi Powder?

This event is typically celebrated in late February/early March. This year it’s scheduled for March 1st and 2nd, although you can find many similar events large and small to attend throughout the Spring. There’s not a better way to welcome spring, say so long to winter and learn about other cultures than having bright colors thrown on you!

You may choose to host your own event! Whether you plan on having a large community wide event or simple festival in your backyard for the kiddos, having your own festival of colors may be easier than a flight to Bali! Be sure to see our blog post that more specifically discusses the uses of holi powder, or reach out to a Color Blaze team member at We would love to help you plan your event, whether it be a festival or a color run!

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