London — 10 March 2012
Holi kaleidoscope! The festival of colour is here

Whilst we’re technically still 10 days or so away from the official first day of spring, many of the capital’s diverse communities are quite convinced it’s already here.

Just three weeks ago the Russian community celebrated the changing of the season with their Maslenitsa festival.

This weekend it’s the turn of the city’s sizeable Hindu community to tell us that spring has most definitely sprung.

The kaleidoscopic Holi festival of colour is perhaps best known for the bright powder thrown around by those taking part.

Each colour is said to represent a caste, and as the celebration gets under way those social barriers, normally strictly observed, are removed as the various hues blend together.

Whilst Holi will be celebrated in Hindu communities and restaurants throughout the capital, it is southwest London with the O2 sponsored Richmond Holi Festival that will lead the way.

Things kick off at 11.30 on Saturday in Twickenham town centre, with market stalls selling Indian crafts and materials alongside street theatre, music and dancing but the main event will be in nearby Orleans House between 13.00-16.00 where visitors will be entertained by Bhangra and Bollywood dancing.

Those attending should also expect to be covered from head to toe in the full spectrum of coloured powder, so perhaps best not to wear your finest silks and threads.

Holi festival of colour
10 March 11.30-17.00

Twickenham Town Centre and Orleans House

Transport: Twickenham station (train)
Cost: Free

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