AN INDIAN spring festival will be celebrated at a North-East museum for the first time this weekend (Sunday, March 16).

Durham University’s Oriental Museum will host a celebration of the Indian Holi Festival, also known as the Festival of Colours.

One of the traditions to be observed is throwing powder over friends and relatives.

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There will also be crafts, storytelling, music and more.

Museum curator Craig Barclay said: “We hope that visitors will have fun getting messy at the Holi festival and also consider taking part in some of the other Indian events we are organising this spring.”

The Holi festival will be observed at the museum, on Elvet Hill Road, Durham, on Sunday (March 16). There will be four powder-throwing sessions during the afternoon.

Participation is free but places must be booked. Visit: theorientalmuseum.eventbrite.co.uk Environmentally friendly and skin-kind power will be provided.

Museum entry costs £1.50 for adults, 75p for children aged five to 16 and is free for over-60s, under-fives and students.