The cold and the dreary winter might feel never-ending but cheer yourself up as sunnier days are here. This year, celebrate spring’s onset with one of the most spectacular and extravagant festivals of colours, also known as Holi. Holi is a beautiful Hindu festival celebrated worldwide by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and nonbelievers alike.
Fact: The Holi festival is thought to take its name from the demoness Holika. (who, as per the popular Hindu legend, was the name of Hiranyakashipu’s sister)
Holi is celebrated over a period of two days wherein on the first day, devotees make Indian sweets in the house, light a bonfire on the lawn using dry wood – pray and walk around it. It is a celebration of good over evil, light over darkness.
On the second day, everyone from little children to the elders come together to celebrate this joyous festival by pelting powder colours made from dry flowers and water on each other. They also sing, dance, eat, cut loose, and have fun together. Everyone joins in with the celebrations, regardless of caste, gender, or social status.
Fact: Holi is also called the “festival of love” as it signifies the love of Radha Krishna (who were reincarnations of the Hindu God Vishnu & Goddess Lakshmi)
If you are in the UK and wish to embrace this wonderful festival of colours, then here is what you can do:
Magic of India: Holi colour dance party
If you wish to celebrate Holi in the traditional Indian way, this party is just for you. Drummers, dancers, live music bands, street food stalls, Holi festivities, and much more, this party has it all! What’s more, is that every attendee gets a signature packet of powder colour given to all attendees is the everyone in attendance too. Click here to buy your tickets.
When: 12th March, 2023
Where: London, Swiss Cottage Fountain Area
London ki Holi Festival
This event has it all! From a daytime event featuring live performances from belly dancers, dhol players, acclaimed DJs, and entertainment for your entire family. What better way to celebrate this beautiful festival, right? London ki Holi Festival also boasts an exciting lineup of Indian street food counters, henna, and glitter artists.
When: 11th March 2023
Where: The City Pavilion in Romford
Besharam Rang Holi Party
Bombay Funkadelic is here in the UK and is set to throw its first Holi party in Camden. This fun-filled event will have dhols, dance, entertainment, traditional food and beverages, lots of colours, food, and entertainment. So if you are up for a Bollywood-themed Holi party, then book your tickets here.
When: 11th March 2023
Where: Haverstock School, London
Cinnamon Kitchen’s House of Holi
If you want to enjoy the activities such as Holi special feasts, sit-down supper clubs, cookery masterclasses, and run-around colourful powdered paint pelting fun – the perfect antidote to a stressful day in the office. Then you must visit Cinnamon Kitchen’s House of Holi! They also have a unique Holi pod for those who wish to have all the fun but do not wish to get their nice clothes all mucky. You can find more information about this event here.
When: 6th– 21st March 2023
Where: Devonshire Square, London
Babur’s Holi Celebration
Feast on colourful holi delights at Brockley restaurant Babur’s celebration. It will kick off with a night of rainbow-tinted drinks, an a la carte menu of Holi special dishes, and performances by dance troupe Bollywood Vibes in Babur’s Rajasthani marquee. There’s no paint throwing, but diners will be offered a dab of coloured powder for their faces to get into the spirit.
When: 8th March 2023
Where: Forest Hill, London
Bollywood Holi UV Party 2023
Scotland’s longest-running Bollywood Night brings you a night of colour & glow this HOLI in Edinburgh. At this UV party, you can have all the fun with glow sticks, UV neon face paints, UV colours, and much more within the comfort of a warm indoor venue. To book one of Scotland’s favourite events of the year, click here.
When: 8th March 2023
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
Remedium wishes all its doctors and their families a Holi filled with love, laughter, joy, and memories to cherish, and we hope the events we’ve shortlisted for you make your Holi very special this year!
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