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Rushey Fields to host its first ‘Holi’ festival

A “Holi” festival is being held for the first time this month on Rushey Fields in Leicester.

Holi, also known as the festival of colours, holds deep significance in Hindu culture and marks the arrival of spring and the end of winter. 

Leicester Time: Rushey Fields to host its first 'Holi' festival
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The event is being organised by devotees from the Shree Hanuman Temple on Melton Road and follows other similar events which have traditionally been held in different parts of the city.

Rajesh Patel, Secretary, Shree Hanuman Temple said: “It’s important to bring the local community together to embrace joy, friendship, and the beauty of spring.

“Rushey Fields, next to our temple, is the perfect location and provides a secure and enjoyable environment for people to enjoy this fun occasion.

“As part of Holi, Holika Dahan’ will be celebrated where we will be lighting a bonfire to signify the burning of the wicked ‘Holika’ who tried to kill her nephew ‘Prahlad’. He survived in the folk story which aims to show how good triumphs over evil.

“Devotees will perform rituals and make offerings by throwing popcorn, coconut and chickpeas onto the bonfire.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming people of all ages to what is set to be a spectacular festival for the whole community to enjoy.”

Holika Dahan takes place on Sunday 24th March with the opening ceremony at 4.30pm and the event finishing at 8.30pm. Organisers are encouraging people to walk or use public transport with limited parking available at Rushey Mead Academy.

Anyone who would like more information, should email

Other events taking place across Leicester, include ‘Rang Barse’ at Leicester’s Maher Centre.  This event on Ravensbridge Drive will take place on Saturday (March 23) between 3pm and 8pm.

A spectacular celebration will also take place at the city’s Jungle Club on March 23. The event on Checkett’s Road starts at 7.30pm.