Play Holi with Dishoom – 23rd March 2014

Holi - guaranteed to bring out the kid in you.
Come and celebrate a proper Holi this year…

Bura na mano, Holi hai!

(Or for the non-Desis amongst us, ‘Don’t get offended, it’s Holi!’)

There’s nothing quite like Holi. Literally, you have to see it to believe it. Social boundaries are blurred with rainbow colours. We Indians seem to lose our collective minds, abandon our usual decorum and go a bit wild. We smear each other’s faces with gulal (brightly coloured powder), and tease and chase one another around, transformed into a riot of colour. It’s a day of boisterous pranks and capers, of cheeky behaviour and uncontrollable laughter. At its heart, it’s a day to let your hair down in the company of family and good friends.

We felt it was a damn shame that there was nowhere we could really get together to play Holi here in London. So – last year we finally made it happen – our first ever Holi party. It was a truly glorious, joy-filled, colourful mess. Everyone had a properly amazing time. (Don’t believe us? Check out the album and video on Facebook.)

This year, we’re going even bigger and better, and bringing the totally barmy, totally fun-filled festival of Holi to a massive East London warehouse: the very cool Hawker House, currently the home of “nomadic street food circus” Street Feast.

We’re holding a proper Holi party on Sunday 23rd March 2014…

…and there is nobody we would rather celebrate Holi with than you, our loyal Dishoom-wallas. So – please come!

“Cast your sins into the fire” – a symbol of new beginnings, according to  tradition – as you enter the venue.

Spellbinding Dishoom storyteller Vayu Naidu will take to the stage to bring the legend of Holi to life. Children and adults alike will be captivated by her performance….

When the storytelling ends, we’ll give you all plenty of gulal (traditional coloured powders), so we can all make a big, happy, exuberant mess!

Children can help us colour in a big, colourful chalk rangoli or floor-art…

And of course, there’ll be great music, plenty of Bombay snacks, mithai (Indian sweets), House Chai, Thums Up, Limca…

Tickets to the Holi party are £15 (adult) / £8 (child) – which includes entry to the event, storytelling, plenty of gulal, snacks and soft drinks. Last year’s event sold out almost straight away, so do buy your tickets as soon as you can.

Where: Hawker House, 38-50 Pritchard’s Yard, London E2 9AP (map)

When: Sunday 23rd March 2014 -14:00-16:30

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(Please do note the “rules” – especially that we can’t allow you into either Dishoom to continue the celebrations after the event, unless you’ve thoroughly cleaned yourself up!)

Holi menus and drinks at Dishoom

And from March 17th to March 23rd at both Dishoom Shoreditch and Dishoom Covent Garden we’ll be serving two special Holi menus (one veg., one non-veg.), each including a ‘Naughty Holi Lassi’, served with rum and generous helpings of edible gulal – flavoured sugar-powders that you mix to your flavour and colour taste. Or go for a traditional Bhang Lassi – with rum instead of bhang (we might have found a way to play Holi, but cannabis is still not that legal round here…)

And on Monday 17th March – the day the celebrations kick off in India – our team will be given the Holi treatment (that means they’ll be welcoming you covered in traditional coloured powders!) and as always, we’ll be serving traditional mithai to all our guests.

There’ll also be some (passworded) Holi treats given out on Facebook and Twitter.

And if you’d like to know about the origins and celebrations of this crazy festival, then see this blog post!


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