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Sunday 23 November 2014

In Pictures: Hindu festival of colours

Indian Hindu children play in a pool of colored water at the end of Holi celebrations, the Hindu festival of colors, at the Baldev Temple in Dauji, 180 kilometers (113 miles) south of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The Baldev Temple is known for a ritual where the women playfully hit men with whips made of cloth as men throw buckets of water mixed with orange dye. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Indian Hindu children play in a pool of colored water at the end of Holi celebrations, the Hindu festival of colors, at the Baldev Temple in Dauji, 180 kilometers (113 miles) south of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The Baldev Temple is known for a ritual where the women playfully hit men with whips made of cloth as men throw buckets of water mixed with orange dye. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Indian women smear colors on their faces as they celebrate "Holi," a festival of colors, in Allahabad, India, Sunday, March 16, 2014. The festival heralds the arrival of spring. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
An Indian boy drags another on the floor of an apartment as they play with colors during the Holi festival in Chennai, India, Sunday, March 16, 2014. The festival also marks the advent of spring. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
Indian women smear colors on their faces as they celebrate "Holi," a festival of colors, in Allahabad, India, Sunday, March 16, 2014. The festival heralds the arrival of spring. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
An Indian man has his face smeared with colors to celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Allahabad, India, Sunday, March 16, 2014. The festival heralds the arrival of spring. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Indians throw colored powder and sprinkle water as they dance during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Allahabad, India, Monday, March 17, 2014. The holiday, celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
An Indian man with his face smeared with colours to celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Allahabad, India, Monday, March 17, 2014. The holiday, celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Indian Hindu devotees covered in color pray as they arrive at the Nandagram Temple famous for Lord Krishna during Lathmar Holi festival in Nandgaon 120 kilometers ( 75 miles) from New Delhi, India, Monday, March 10, 2014. According to tradition which has its roots in Hindu mythology men from Barsana arrive at the temple where they are soaked in colored water by men from Nandgaon, believed to be Lord Krishna's village, and then beaten by the women of the village with wooden sticks as they depart the town. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Indian Hindu women from Nandgaon village beat the shield of a man from Barsana village during Lathmar Holi festival at Nandgaon 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of New Delhi, India, Monday, March 10, 2014. According to a tradition which has its roots in Hindu mythology, men from nearby Barsana village are soaked in colored water by men and beaten with sticks by women as they arrive at Nandgaon, believed to be Lord Krishna's village. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A Sadhu or Hindu holy man leans against a closed door at the Nandagram Temple famous for Lord Krishna during Lathmar Holi festival in Nandgaon 120 kilometers ( 75 miles) from New Delhi, India, Monday, March 10, 2014. According to tradition which has its roots in Hindu mythology men from Barsana arrive at the temple where they are soaked in colored water by men from Nandgaon, believed to be Lord Krishna's village, and then beaten by the women of the village with wooden sticks as they depart the town. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Indian Hindu widows and Harijan, or former untouchable, women play with colored water for the first time as part of Holi celebrations organized by a non-governmental organization Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Friday, March 14, 2014. The widows, many of whom at times have lived desperate lives in the streets of the temple town, celebrated the festival at the century old ashram. After their husband's deaths the women have been banished by their families, for supposedly bringing bad luck, to the town where devotees believe Lord Krishna was born. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)
Indian Hindu widows play with colored powder during Holi celebrations organized by a non-governmental organization Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Friday, March 14, 2014. The widows, many of whom at times have lived desperate lives in the streets of the temple town, celebrated the festival at the century old ashram. After their husband's deaths the women have been banished by their families, for supposedly bringing bad luck, to the town where devotees believe Lord Krishna was born. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)
An Indian Hindu widow rests after celebrating Holi at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Friday, March 14, 2014. The widows, many of whom at times have lived desperate lives in the streets of the temple town, celebrated the festival at the century old ashram. After their husband's deaths the women have been banished by their families, for supposedly bringing bad luck, to the town where devotees believe Lord Krishna was born. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)
Indian Hindu widows play colored water for the first time as a part of Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Friday, March 14, 2014. The widows, many of whom at times have lived desperate lives in the streets of the temple town, celebrated the festival at the century old ashram. After their husband's deaths the women have been banished by their families to the town where devotees believe Lord Krishna was born, for supposedly bringing bad luck. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)
Indian Hindus from Barsana village are covered with color powder as they arrive at the Nandagram Temple famous for Lord Krishna during Lathmar Holi festival at Nandgaon 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of New Delhi, India, Monday, March 10, 2014. According to a tradition which has its roots in Hindu mythology, men from nearby Barsana village are soaked in colored water by men and beaten with sticks by women as they arrive at Nandgaon, believed to be Lord Krishna's village. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A man smears the face of a woman with colors during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Mumbai, India, Monday, March 17, 2014. The holiday, celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Hindu men from the village of Nangaon throws colored powder on others as they play holi at the Ladali or Radha temple, before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana 115 kilometers ( 71 miles) from New Delhi, India , in New Delhi, India, Sunday, March 9, 2014. During Lathmar Holi the women of Barsana beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing as they depart the town. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Hindu men from the village of Barsana throw colored water on the villagers of Nandgaon from the roof of the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana 115 kilometers ( 71 miles) from New Delhi, India, Sunday, March 9, 2014. During Lathmar Holi the women of Barsana beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing as they depart the town. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Hindu men from the village of Nangaon throw colored powder at each other as they play holi at the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana 115 kilometers ( 71 miles) from New Delhi, India , in New Delhi, India, Sunday, March 9, 2014. During Lathmar Holi the women of Barsana beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing as they depart the town. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A Hindu man from the village of Nangaon teases men from Barsana as they play holi at the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana 115 kilometers ( 71 miles) from New Delhi, India, Sunday, March 9, 2014. During Lathmar Holi the women of Barsana beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing as they depart the town. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A man throws colored powder on a woman during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Mumbai, India, Monday, March 17, 2014. The holiday, celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Indians smear colored powder at each other during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Mumbai, India, Monday, March 17, 2014. The holiday, celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Indians throw colored powder and dance during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Gauhati, India, Monday, March 17, 2014. The holiday, celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Nepalese people celebrate Holi, the festival of colors with colored powder at the Basantapur Durbar Square, in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, March 16, 2014. The festival also marks the advent of spring. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

People celebrate "Holi," a festival of colours, in India. The festival heralds the arrival of spring.

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