Play Holi with Dishoom
Celebrate Holi properly this year…
Bura na mano, Holi hai!
(Or for the non-Desis amongst us, ‘Don’t get offended, it’s Holi!’)
This year at Dishoom, we wanted to extend last year’s celebrations and bring the real, slightly barmy, fun-filled festival of Holi to East London.
There’s nothing quite like Holi. Literally, you have to see it to believe it.
On this joy-filled day, our 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 – we decided to do something about it.
We’re holding a proper Holi party at Shoreditch’s Village Underground on Sunday 24th March, 2013…
…and there is nobody we would rather celebrate Holi with than you, our loyal Dishoom-wallahs. So – please come!
Cast your sins into the fire as you enter the cavernous venue – where we’ll welcome you with a warming, spicy chai….
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 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, great music, light snacks, mithai (Indian sweets) and chai will help proceedings along nicely….
Tickets to the Holi party are £12 (adult) / £6 (child) – which includes entry to the event, storytelling, colour-play, snacks and a soft drink. Numbers are limited and we expect this event to be popular, so buy your tickets as soon as you can, if you’re keen to come.
Where: Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PQ (map)
When: Sunday 24th March 2013 -14:00-16:00
(Please do note the T&Cs – 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 21st-31st at both Dishoom Shoreditch and Dishoom Covent Garden we’ll be serving two special Holi menus and a selection of barmy Holi drinks, including a ‘Naughty Holi Lassi’, served with rum and generous helpings of our version of 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…)
Then on Wednesday 27th March – the day the celebrations kick off in India – our staff will be given the Holi treatment (that means they’ll be welcoming you covered in traditional coloured powders!) and of course, we’ll be serving traditional mithai to all our guests.
And if you’d like to know about the origins and celebrations of this crazy festival, then see this blog post!