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Holi festival events in London

Celebrating Holi in London means you can paint the town red – and blue, green, yellow and purple – at events inspired by the Hindu festival of colours


If you start seeing rainbow-coloured soot billowing the capital – nobody’s burning a big pile of My Little Ponys, don't worry. It’ll just be hundreds of people chucking powdered paint at each other.

The roots of this increasingly popular Technicolor pastime lie in the Hindu festival of Holi – an annual celebration held on the first day of spring (on Friday March 6 in 2015). People of all ages and castes take to the streets to throw coloured water and a powdery paint known as gulal. Though these London events are often removed from the religious aspects of Holi, the same air of convivial fun and abandon are at their heart. Gulal is non-toxic, water-soluble and available to buy in bags at each event. Wearing white is recommended for the best visual effect, but avoid anything too precious – clothes can still get a little stained (the same goes for cameras and smartphones too).

See the latest Holi parties in London

Cinnamon Kitchen's House of Holi

Bid the grey of winter a relieved farewell and welcome spring with a burst of colour with a session in Cinnamon Kitchen's Holi Pod which returns for 2016. Guests will be provided with a protective white suit before pelting each other with brightly coloured paint powders until they look as unnatural as a bag of Rainbow Drops. 

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Cinnamon Kitchen , Aldgate Friday March 4 2016 - Saturday March 12 2016

The Color Run

We can't help but imagine that having powdered paint showering over you as you take on a five-kilometre run must make things a lot slower, but for this particular race that simply doesn't matter. Participants in 'the happiest 5k on the planet' aren't expected to break any world records, because having a brilliant time is way higher on the agenda. 

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Wembley Park , Wembley Park Sunday June 12 2016
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