Holi Festival Durham is the city's very own chance to take part in this fantastic, colourful annual event. Here's what you need to know.
Holi Festival is a Hindu festival celebrating everything from the arrival of Spring to being a chance to renew and repair friendships and relationships. Also known as the Festival of Colours, the most famous part of Holi is the colours, where people throw coloured powder over each other.
This tradition is such fun that it's now reached most parts of the globe - and we have our very own Durham Holi Festival.
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Hosted by the Durham Oriental Museum, Holi Festival Durham takes place on Saturday March 23 between 12-5pm. The main event will be the countdown to timed powder throws using free environmentally and skin-kind powder sachets of brightly coloured Holi powder, one of which will be given to every participant (you can also buy more). There will be both family as well as general powder throws, to ensure young children can take part. Music will include Bollywood, classic Indian Holi songs, Bhangra and upbeat pop music.
Before the powder throw, visitors are invited to hear the traditional story of Holi.
There will also be craft activities suitable for the whole family as well as storytelling, music, and rangoli drawing - which involves creating images using coloured flour, rice or even flower petals. There will also be refreshments available to buy from the Asian Food Project and the Oriental Museum cafe.
The Durham Holi Festival costs £4 per person and children under two can go along for free. Booking is essential, which you can do by heading to the Eventbrite booking page.
If you need more information about Holi Festival Durham 2019 then you can call Charlotte at the Oriental Museum on 0191 3345694 or by email at email@example.com