A DASH of colour was added to the air as people got into the spirit of spring today (Sunday, March 16) by throwing brightly-coloured powders over each other.

Durham University’s Oriental Museum marked the Indian Holi Festival – the Indian Spring Festival, also known as the Festival of Colours – for the first time.

The day included powder-throwing sessions, craft activities, storytelling, music, and rangoli drawing.

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For the powder throwing, each guest was given a bag of environmentally-friendly and skin-kind Holi powder in a range of colours.

Everyone was invited to throw the powder in a co-ordinated countdowns. There were four free powder-throwing sessions during the afternoon.

Oriental Museum curator Dr Craig Barclay said: “This is the first time the museum has celebrated Holi festival and it is set to be the only event of its kind held in the North-East.

“Holi Festival is just one event in a month-long Indian Spring Festival being held at the Oriental Museum this March.”

Other events include an introduction to Bhakti yoga, an afternoon of Indian music with experts from Durham University and Indian dance performance and workshops led by Leeds-based Annapurna Dance.

More details can be found on the Oriental Museum website www.durham.ac.uk/oriental.museum .