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Celebrating in Color

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Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated throughout the Indian subcontinent on the last full moon of the winter season. Revelers dance, play, and shower one another with brightly colored powder, called gulal. Above, Indian revelers play Huranga at The Dauji Temple in Mathura, south of New Delhi, on March 18. Huranga is a game played between men and women a day after Holi, the festival of colors, during which men drench women with liquid colors and women tear off the clothes of the men.

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A Hindu priest throws colored powder over devotees as they celebrate the Holi festival at the Radha Krishna temple in Kolkata on March 17.

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Indian revellers cover each other with colored powder and dance while taking part in Holi festival celebrations in Guwahati on March 17.

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An Indian child adorned with colored powder poses for a photograph during celebrations for the spring festival Holi in Bhubaneswar on March 16.

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Indian revelers covered in colored powder dance during Holi festival celebrations in Allahabad on March 17.

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An Indian widow dressed as a Hindu god walks through an alleyway ahead of celebrations for the spring festival of Holi at the Meerasahabhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, some 80 miles south of New Delhi, on March 14.

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Indian revelers dance while being sprayed with colored water and powder during Holi celebrations in Hyderabad on March 17.

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Indian Hindu devotees covered with colored powder dance during Holi festival celebrations at the Durgiana Temple in Amritsar on March 16.

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Indian devotees daubed with colored powder gather to glimpse a statue of the Hindu god Lord Krishna during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan on March 17.

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An Indian laborer sifts colored powder, known as gulal, to be used during the forthcoming spring festival of Holi, inside a factory at Fulbari village on the outskirts of Siliguri on March 9.

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Breaking centuries-old tradition, widows living in the holy city of Vrindavan celebrated the spring color festival of Holi at an ashram in Vrindavan on March 17. In a symbolic gesture, the widows celebrated threw gulal in celebration. Last year, they only sprinkled flower petals over each other.

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An Indian widow adorned with colored powder looks on from the doorway of a bedroom after celebrations for the spring festival of Holi at the Meerasahabhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, on March 14.

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Indian revelers take part in the game of "Huranga" at The Dauji Temple in Mathura, south of New Delhi, on March 18.

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Indian revelers cover each other with colored powder during celebrations for the Holi festival in Siliguri on March 16.

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A woman is thrown in the air as revelers take part in Holi celebrations organised by members of South Korea's Indian community at Haeundae beach in the southeastern city of Busan on March 16.

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During Holi celebrations in Vrindavan on March 14, Indian widows dressed as Hindu gods Lord Krishna and Radha dance with Bindeshwari Pathak (2nd right), the founder of Sulabh International, social services organization and the largest nonprofit in India.

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An Indian widow covered with colored powder dances during the spring festival of Holi at the Meerasahabhagini Ashram in Vrindavan on March 14.

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