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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 little bit wild. We smear each other’s faces with gulal (brightly coloured powder), have water-fights and indulge in light-hearted teasing and merry-making. 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’ve been bringing the true spirit of Holi to London for the past two years. Our Holi parties are properly messy affairs, filled with joy and attended by revellers of all ages, backgrounds and faiths. We all play together and we have an absolute riot. (Don’t believe us? Check out this post from last year or this one from the year before.)

We’re holding another proper Holi party on Sunday 29th March 2015…

This year, we’re taking the fun outdoors to a (literally!) brand-new location – the fantastic, not-even-open-yet Lewis Cubitt Square, just up the road next to Dishoom King’s Cross. We’ve got street food and rangoli (pavement-art) and music and – of course – tons of gulal. It’s going to be awesome…

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

Tickets to the Holi party will be £15 (adult) / £8 (child) – which includes entry to the event, plenty of gulal, mithai, far far and soft drinks (our favourite Thums Up, Limca, and masala chai). And there’ll be a mini street food market where you can buy snacks from truly awesome traders: Pizza Pilgrims, Horn OK PleaseRotli Crew and Lily Vanilli.

Where: Lewis Cubitt Square, off Stable Street / Handyside Street, King’s Cross N1C

When: Sunday 29th March 2015 – 14:00-16:30

Tickets will go on sale at 09.30am on Monday 9th March. (Last year’s event sold out almost straight away, so if you’re keen, make a note!)

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

(Please do note that we won’t be able to let you into Dishoom King’s Cross to continue the celebrations after the event, unless you’ve comprehensively cleaned yourself up!)

Meanwhile, in our cafés…

The actual date of Holi falls in early March – on Friday 6th. To celebrate, we’ll be serving Pani Puri as a delicious Holi special from Thursday 5th March until Sunday 8th March. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for some delicious (passworded) treats around these dates! And – though for obvious reasons a real Holi in our cafés is out of the question – our team will be bringing the spirit of Holi to life…