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Holi Celebrations Welcome Spring With Brilliant Colors

Holi, the Hindu "Festival of Colors," heralds the arrival of spring and the end of winter.

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Image: Widows take part in Holi celebrations in the town of Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh

Widows take part in Holi celebrations in the town of Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

Holi is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month, and this year is celebrated on March 13.

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Image: Hindu devotees take part in the religious festival of Holi in Nandgaon

Hindu devotees during the religious festival in Nandgaon village, in Uttar Pradesh.

Holi marks the welcoming of spring and is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, with people chasing each other and playfully splashing colorful paint, powder and water on each other.

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Image: Hindu devotees take part in the religious festival of Holi in Nandgaon village

A boy celebrates Holi in Nandgaon village.

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Image: Hindu devotees take part in the religious festival of Holi in Nandgaon village

Hindu devotees take part in the religious festival in Nandgaon village.

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Image: A woman poses for a photograph during Holi celebrations in the town of Barsana in the state of Uttar Pradesh

A woman during Holi celebrations in the town of Barsana in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

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Image: Indian Hindu devotees celebrate Holi

Indian Hindu devotees celebrate the spring festival of colors in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.

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Image: Holi Festival in Kathmandu

A young man has colored powder thrown at him during celebrations of the Holi Festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Image: Indian revellers play with colours during Holi celebrations

Indian revelers play with colors in Chennai, India.

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Image: Holi festival celebrations in Amritsar

A Sadhu or Hindu holy man celebrates the Holi festival in Amritsar, India.

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Image: A girl reacts as coloured water is thrown on her face while celebrating Holi, the Festival of Colours, in Mumbai

A girl reacts as colored water is thrown on her face in Mumbai.

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Image: Hindu devotees throw colored powder on each other inside Banke Bihari temple during Holi festival celebrations

Hindu devotees throw colored powder on each other inside Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India.

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Image: Holi Festival in Karachi

A Hindu boy with his face covered in colors celebrates the festival of Holi in Karachi, Pakistan.

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Image: A Hindu devotee holds a water gun as he takes part in the religious festival of Holi in Nandgaon

A Hindu devotee holds a water gun during the Holi festival in Nandgaon.

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Image: Women cover their faces during Holi celebrations in the town of Barsana in the state of Uttar Pradesh

Women cover their faces during Holi celebrations in the town of Barsana.

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Image: People take part in Holi celebrations in the town of Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh

People take part in the celebrations in the town of Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

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Image: Indians dance as colors are sprayed during the Holi celebrations

Indians dance as colors are sprayed in Gauhati, India.

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Image: Indians with faces smeared in color dance during the Holi celebrations

Indians with faces smeared in color dance in Gauhati, India.

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Image: Widows take part in Holi celebrations in the town of Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh

Widows take part in Holi celebrations in the town of Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

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