The Holi spirit
It’s a little bit brighter in the mornings, we’re getting some sunny days and I saw one lonely daffodil in my garden today, which means Spring is finally on its way. So let’s celebrate! Holi is the Hindu festival of colours to mark the start of Spring. It lasts for two days, usually in March or February depending on the Hindu calendar. This year, it falls on Sunday 12th and Monday 13th March.
The festival also represents the victory of good over evil in honour of the Hindu god Vishnu. The legend is that an evil demon called Holika was defeated through complete devotion to Lord Vishnu. The tradition of colours came from Vishnu’s reincarnation Lord Krishna, who liked to play pranks on village girls by throwing water and colours on them. And so we have Holi.
Colour me bad
Holi is a huge event in India and Nepal where the streets are lined with people throwing coloured powder at each other. Chuck in some water balloons and water guns and you’ve got a pretty colourful festival on your hands. And your face. And your body!
House of Holi
The festival has become popular in the UK too. This year, Cookie and I went to check out Cinnamon Kitchen’s House of Holi in Devonshire Square. We were given white overalls when we arrived and drank Holi-inspired cocktails whilst dressed like crime scene investigators!
There were around 15 people in our group and a lovely lady called Rupali from Cinnamon Kitchen took care of us. She gave each of us two bags of coloured powder and we spent the next 30 minutes in a white room (“paint pod”) throwing it at each other. Honestly, it was a lot of fun and extremely therapeutic!
As you can see, one of us took a few more colour hits than the other…sorry Cookie! Afterwards, we spent another 30 mins using wet wipes on our faces and hair to get rid of some of the colour! Finally, we enjoyed some well-earned canapes (we had the vegetarian option, which was aloo tiki, pani puri and chilli paneer – see below).
If you fancy playing Holi in the city, we would definitely recommend buying the £15 cocktail and canapes ticket – that includes entry into the House of Holi. It was definitely worth the money, we had such a great time and it was a good way to de-stress after work. There are other ticket options, if you just want to play or if you want to add on a three course meal. It’s on until Sunday 18th March. Tip – take face wipes.