Holi, also known as the Festival of Colour, is a traditional Hindu festival that celebrates the arrival of spring, friendship and fun! The good news is, you don’t have to travel all the way to India to take part. Renowned Indian chef, Vivek Singh, has brought the vibrant celebrations over to London and set up camp right outside Cinnamon Kitchen in Devonshire Square. You can officially leave the dull, grey City at the door and step into the white party pods on the terrace for 30 minutes of paint pelting madness. Trust me, it is as fun as it looks.
Last week, I had a chance to paint the town red and yellow and orange, let loose and have some fun at the kick off of HOLI, taking place NOW at Cinnamon Kitchen until the 18th March (snag your tickets here).
As you arrive to HOLI, you’ll be greeted with a super chic protective white onesie to throw on before the madness begins. Be sure to wear clothes you don’t care too much about anyways – it gets messy but that’s the fun of it all!
You then get your own packets of colourful powder and it’s GO TIME!
Things start off pretty tame – gently throwing paint at each other, but after about 5 minutes everyone is friends and the madness ensues…
I love what HOLI symbolises – meeting new friends, celebrating existing friendships, laughing, repairing broken relationships and forgiveness. It breaks down a lot of barriers and for 30 minutes your mind is focussed entirely on fun – it is an absolute blast. If you book anything this year, I can’t recommend HOLI enough – it is a brilliant day out and it’s the only time you can get away with looking like a little rainbow in public.
After all the paint pelting, you’ll have definitely worked up an appetite – head into Cinnamon Kitchen and tuck into their 5 course HOLI festival feast and some cocktails or Kingfisher beer.
Spiced seabream with green mango and coconut chutney.
The best ‘Jhinga Malai’ King Prawns in a coconut and cardamom sauce. I highly recommend trying this dish off the menu – succulent prawns in a perfectly seasoned sauce with rice. Mop it all up with some garlic naan and you’ll be a happy camper.
House of HOLI at Cinnamon Kitchen is on NOW until 18th March. Tickets are priced at £8 per person, or £15 per person including authentic Holi bites and either a signature Holi cocktail, a Kingfisher beer or a mocktail. £38 per person including a five course tasting menu and a Play Holi Session. The whole pod can be hired for groups of up to 30 for £400, which will include arrival drinks and nibbles. I already can’t wait until next year! Grab your tickets for this week here. HAPPY HOLI!
Photo Credits: Johnny S Photography.