Frequently asked questions
Do I need to register?
No, just turn up on the day with your friends and family.
How much is entry to the event?
Entry is free!
All activities throughout the entire event are free except for dhuleti itself (where coloured powders will be available for purchase) and food.
Can I bring my own coloured powder?
To ensure the highest safety standards for all, we have sourced coloured powder that is non-toxic and safe to use for all. Therefore, will not be able to use your own colours. The coloured powder will be available to purchase on the day.
What if I don’t want to take part in the dhuleti (colour throwing)?
No problem! Dhuleti will take place in a controlled area and so only those wishing to take part will be coloured.
However, you really don’t want to miss out on this; it’s the highlight of the day!
What time should I arrive?
You can arrive at any time, but would you really want to miss out on the captivating stage performances, the plethora of activities on offer, the delicious food or the dhuleti itself?!
PS – The hot food will be on sale from 11am, so I know what time I’d arrive ;)
Will the coloured powder stain my clothes?
We have sourced coloured powder that is less staining than other such coloured powders, though there is always a risk that it may still stain clothes. It’s highly recommended not to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting coloured!
Is there an age limit?
There is no age limit, lower or upper, as to who can attend or take part in dhuleti… All are welcome! However, it is expected that appropriate care will be taken for those that need it from their appropriate carers (e.g. parents, guardians, etc.) We will not be responsible for looking after anyone.
How much will colours cost?
£1 for individual packets or £5 for 6 packets.
What if it rains/snows?
Come rain or shine, the festive spirit of those celebrating Holi will not be dampened. As they say, the show must go on! In fact, it may add an exciting element to the dhuleti ;)
If, for health and safety reasons, elements of the event need to be altered or discontinued, we will endeavour to make this known on the website and social media as far in advance as possible or on the day through the public address system.
We are very excited about the Leicester Holi festival on Saturday 21st March and our preparations are in full swing. We are aware of some of the concerns around Coronavirus (COVID-19) and questions about how it could affect the event. We would like to reassure everyone that we are constantly and closely monitoring the situation as it unfolds and we are assessing our preparations in accordance with the advice and guidance (updated daily) from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England. Also, we are in communication with and have taken guidance from Leicester City Council. The National advice is published at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public and we encourage everyone to review it daily.
We are issuing the following advisory in this regard:
1. We would advise and request that older people and people with severe underlying conditions and pre-existing illnesses please refrain from attending Leicester Holi.
2. We would ask that people who are not feeling well and have any flu-like symptoms please refrain attending Leicester Holi.
3. We would ask that you check the guidance on the web page above if you have recently been abroad and do not attend Leicester Holi if you’ve travelled to the UK from countries and areas as set out by the government.
4. The guidance from Public Health England is that for public gatherings like leisure activities, events, happening in the UK, the level of risk to the general public attending the event is very low (same as using public transport, for example), also as the event is being held in open outdoor space. Attendees should take usual infection prevention measures including washing hands properly, using alcohol based hand sanitisers, etc.
5. Only dry colours will be used at the event (these are organic, washable and bio-degradable) – no water colours will be used.
Your health and safety is most important for us and we would always act responsibly in your best interest. If you choose to attend Leicester Holi (which we hope you do!) you do so at your own risk.
Leicester Holi promotes & fosters unity in diversity, and aims to bring people & communities together. We wish you a HAPPY HOLI in advance.