Festival of Colours
This June a corner of London will seem a little like the steamy sub-continent. The Festival of Colours is a Hindu spring celebration and is a huge deal in South Asia and places like India and Nepal, and now it is going global.
You may have already heard of this amazing joyous festival which is a celebration of the vernal equinox as well as general love and happiness for all. It is a bit late for this in London but who needs an excuse to have a party? If you haven’t heard of it here is a glimpse of what happened last year:
You can expect to get pretty messy as the highlight of the festival is the throwing of colours where anyone is fair game for a hit with coloured powder or water. So it’s probably not a good idea to wear your best togs. That said, many choose to wear white clothes to show off the effects of the colours.
A riotous mix of live bands and DJ sets like Drunken Masters and ESKEI83 provide the perfect sound track to the day and will get everyone in a party mood.
The venue for this festival is the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, an area more famous for sport than religious festivals. But since the redevelopment of the area after the London 2012 Olympics there have been loads of different events going on from music concerts to arts festivals.
To get to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park you can get the train to Stratford International station or there is the huge Westfield shopping centre right next door which has ample parking and loads of brilliant little eateries if you are feeling peckish before or after the festival.
The festival starts at 12pm each day and there will be a chance to throw colours every hour from 3pm until 10pm, so you will be well and truly covered by the end of the night!