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Colored powder flies as Hindus celebrate Holi
While its roots are religious, tied to the god Krishna, Holi is also seen as a celebration of good versus evil, and of a good harvest.
An Indian widow dances covered in colored powder while holding flower petals during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India on Feb. 27, 2018.
Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colors is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month.
Thousands of widows from Vrindavan and Varanasi mark the Hindu spring festival at a temple to break a hundred-year-old taboo of celebrating the Holi festival; in many parts of India widows are still not allowed to celebrate Holi and participate in festivals. The event was organized by Indian NGO Sulabh International that is trying to improve conditions for widows in India.
A student of Rabindra Bharati University, with his face smeared in colored powder, reacts as his fellow student throws colored powder on his face during celebrations inside the university campus in Kolkata on Feb. 26.
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