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).