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11 March 2023 - 11 March 2023

12:00PM - 5:00PM

Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

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Holi is the Indian Spring Festival also known as the Hindu Festival of Colours and signifies the victory of good over evil, the end of winter, and the arrival of spring. For many it is a festive day to meet family and friends, play, laugh, and forgive. It is a key part of the Hindu calendar.

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Crowd of people taking part in the powder throw at Holi Festival.

Ever wanted to dance to a mix of Bhangra hits and upbeat pop, and get covered head-to-toe in colourful powder? 

Then join the Oriental Museum's fantastic annual celebrations to mark the joyful, diverse occasion that is Holi!

Ticket holders will be able to access a range of indoor and outdoor activities including:

  • Powder throwing sessions
  • Craft activities
  • Storytelling
  • Rangoli drawing

Ticket holders will be provided with one bag of environmentally friendly, skin-kind coloured powder, with additional powder available to purchase on the day. 

For the first time, this year's Holi Festival forms part of Durham Global Week, a celebration of the multicultural diversity that defines Durham as a leading global university, with staff and students from over 150 countries. Read more about Durham Global Week here.


Tickets must be pre-booked.
  • Adults / children 2 and over: £3
  • Children under 2: free of charge

Where and when

Oriental Museum

Elvet Hill



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