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Holi Welcomes Spring with Bursts of Color

Indian boys smear colored powder on each other as they celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Ahmadabad.

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Image: People are drenched with water as they celebrate Holi in southern Indian city of Bengaluru

People are drenched with water as they celebrate Holi in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru.

Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is a Hindu festival celebrating the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India.

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Image: Girl reacts as others apply coloured powder on her while celebrating Holi in Mumbai

A girl reacts as others apply coloured powder on her while celebrating Holi in Mumbai.

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Hindu men from the village of Nandgaon throw colored powder at each other before joining a procession for the Lathmar Holi festival on Feb. 27 at the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana. During Lathmar Holi, a precursor to the main Holi festival, the women of Barsana beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing.

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Indian boys smear colored powder on each other as they celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Ahmadabad.

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Trays filled with colored powder and flower petals lie on a floor to be used by widows to celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, at the Meera Sahabhagini Widow Ashram in Vrindavan, India on March 3. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. Women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrate the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder.

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Image: Widows daubed in colours dance as they take part in the Holi celebrations at Vrindavan

Widows dance as they take part in celebrations organized by non-governmental organization Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan.

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Image: Man reacts as coloured water is splashed on him during Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai

A man reacts as colored water is splashed on him in the southern Indian city of Chennai.

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Men with faces smeared with colored powder, ride a motorbike in Hyderabad.

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Hindu devotees smeared with colors visit the Nandagram temple on Feb 28 in Nandgaon.

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Image: A widow daubed in colours plays a drum during Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at widows' ashram at Vrindavan

A widow plays a drum as she attends the Holi celebrations at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan.

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