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Holi festival events in London

You can paint the town red – and blue, green, yellow and purple – at these Holi festival London celebrations inspired by the Hindu festival of colours


If you start seeing rainbow-coloured soot billowing over the capital – nobody’s burning a big pile of My Little Ponys, don't worry. A bunch of annual Holi festival London celebrations are on the horizon, alongwith hundreds of people chucking powdered paint at each other. 

The roots of this Technicolor pastime lie in the Hindu festival of Holi – an annual celebration held on the first day of spring (Thu March 24 2016). 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 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).

The latest Holi festival parties in London

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