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Celebrate Holi at the Oriental Museum

(2 March 2018)

Families are invited to join the colourful spectacle of celebrating Holi, the Indian Spring Festival, at Durham University’s Oriental Museum this Saturday 3 March but this week’s snow has forced a few changes.

Also known as the Festival of Colours, Holi is celebrated by throwing brightly coloured powders over friends and relatives. Every year the Festival is celebrated with timed powder throwing sessions, art and craft activities, storytelling, music, and traditional rangoli drawing. 

This week’s heavy snow has forced the cancellation of the powder throwing sessions but all of the other activities will be going ahead as planned and entry to the Museum will be free all day. 

If you want to organise your own powder throw at home, bags of the colourful powder will be available for sale at the Museum. 

Charlotte Spink, the event organiser, said: “This year’s Holi festival is going to be a bit unusual thanks to the snowy weather. We have had tremendous support from the Indian community in organising the event, so we are determined to go ahead and have a wonderful day.

"We hope that visitors will enjoy all of the activities we have going on at the Museum and then, if they want to, they can enjoy their own powder throw at home when the weather improves.”

Anyone who has purchased a ticket for the event will receive a full refund. All events are suitable for people of all ages and abilities.