PHOTOS: A Springtime Festival of Colors in India and Beyond

During the Hindu festival of colors, cities across India and other countries in the region, erupt in a riot of color to celebrate the arrival of spring, along with several religious myths and legends.

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Indian Hindu widows and others play with colored powder as part of Holi celebrations at the Meera Sahabhagini Widow Ashram in Vrindavan, India in March 2015.
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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 at the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana, 115 kilometers (71 miles) from New Delhi.
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Water falls on the colored hand of a man, dancing during Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also marks the advent of spring.
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A foreign tourist screams as another puts color on her face during celebrations marking Holi in Kolkata, India in March 2015.
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Indian Hindu devotees smeared with colors, sing songs at the Nandagram temple famous for Lord Krishna and his brother Balram, during Lathmar holi festival, in Nandgaon, India.
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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.
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An Indian woman from Barsana village beat the shield of a man from Nandgaon village with her wooden stick as they celebrate Lathmar Holi in Barsana, 115 kilometers (71 miles) from New Delhi, India.
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Hindu widow Sima Chohan, 40, poses for a portrait after celebrating Holi at the Meera Sahabhagini Widow Ashram in Vrindavan, India.
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Hindu widows throw colored powder on an Indian policeman as they celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, at the Meera Sahabhagini Widow Ashram in Vrindavan, India.
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A man smears the face of a woman with colored powder during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Mumbai, India.
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Participants place colored powder on a woman's face as they join celebrations of the Holi festival in suburban Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines. The festival also takes place in India and other countries in the region.
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Hindu widow Tara Devi, 70, poses for a portrait after celebrating Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, at the Meera Sahabhagini Widow Ashram in Vrindavan, India.
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A Hindu widow lies on a sludgy ground filled with a mixture of colored powder, water and flower petals during celebrations to mark Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, at the Meera Sahabhagini Widow Ashram in Vrindavan, India in early March.
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Indian girls decorated with flowers wait to perform during Holi celebrations in Kolkata, India.
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Hindu men from the village of Nandgaon dance as colored powder is thrown at Ladali or Radha temple before taking out a procession for the Lathmar Holi festival at the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana, 115 kilometers (71 miles) from New Delhi, India.
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An Indian national is thrown in the air by his friends as they join celebrations of the Holi festival in suburban Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines. The festival takes place in many countries in the region, including India.
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Indian Hindu devotees walk with empty buckets after emptying the contents on women participating in "Huranga," during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, at the Baldev Temple in Dauji, 180 kilometers (113 miles) south of New Delhi, India.
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Students at the Rabindra Bharati University hug each other as they play with colors ahead of spring festival Holi in Kolkata, India.
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Hindu men from the village of Nandgaon pray at the Ladali, or Radha temple, before joining a procession for the Lathmar Holi festival at the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana, 115 kilometers (71 miles) from New Delhi, India.
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An Indian woman shuts her eyes as colored powder is smeared on her face during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Mumbai, India. Holi, India's joyful and colorful celebration of the arrival of spring.
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An Indian boy dances on the shoulders of an adult during celebrations marking Holi in Gauhati, India in March 2015.
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Indian men, their faces smeared with colored powder, ride a motorbike on Holi the Hindu festival of colors, in Hyderabad, India. Holi also marks the advent of spring.
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