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Millions in India and Nepal take part in Holi, marking the beginning of spring.
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2013 12:32
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Holi, the festival of colours celebrated in South Asia, marks the beginning of spring.

One of the biggest festivals celebrated by Hindus in India and Nepal, the celebrations witness people smearing and splashing different colours and water on their friends and loved ones. The festivities continue for two days in most places, but in the cities of Mathura and Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, they last for a week.

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna was born in Mathura, and the festival shows the pure love between him and Radha. It is said that Krishna often complained about Radha's fair complexion, and would playfully colour her face, hence the tradition of playing with colours during Holi.

Every year, thousands of people from around the world come to the cities of Mathura and Vrindavan to see the grand celebrations that take place in various temples. In other areas, people also go to the houses of their loved ones to celebrate the holiday, while children enjoy a day off from school.


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Holi is one of the biggest festivals celebrated by Hindus across India and Nepal.


Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera
The celebrations witness people smearing and splashing different colours and water on their friends and loved ones.


Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera
Students in the city of Vrindavan, about 140 kilometres from New Delhi. Thousands of people walk barefoot for miles to join Holi revelry at the famous Banke Bihari temple.


Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera
Children enjoy the festival as they play with colours and water guns.


Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera
Holi also marks the beginning of spring.


Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera
Children enjoy a day off from school on Holi.


Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera
The festivities continue for two days in most places.


Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera
But in the cities of Mathura and Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Holi celebrations last for a week.


Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera
Every year, thousands of people from around the world come to the cities of Mathura and Vrindavan to see the grand celebrations that take place in various temples.


Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera
A boy poses like Krishna during Holi celebrations.


Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera
A little girl rides on a tractor with her father as they take part in the colourful festival.


Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera
Revelers dance to songs and beats of the dhol, a kind of drum.


Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera
Holi is celebrated by all age groups.


Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera
The festival of Holi is known for spirit of energy, unity and love. Two women apply color on each other during Holi celebrations.



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Holi is one of the biggest festivals celebrated by Hindus across India and Nepal.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=042L9mZ0As8bZShowkat ShafiAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Holi is one of the biggest festivals celebrated by Hindus across India and Nepal.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=0dtFbH67s44Vj

The celebrations witness people smearing and splashing different colours and water on their friends and loved ones.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=0dtFbH67s44VjShowkat ShafiAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The celebrations witness people smearing and splashing different colours and water on their friends and loved ones.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=09WE1Tc5Nw6zR

1.      Students in the city of Vrindavan, about 140 kilometres from New Delhi. Thousands of people walk barefoot for miles to join Holi revelry at the famous Banke Bihari temple.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=09WE1Tc5Nw6zRShowkat ShafiAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

1.      Students in the city of Vrindavan, about 140 kilometres from New Delhi. Thousands of people walk barefoot for miles to join Holi revelry at the famous Banke Bihari temple.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=0eDI4Cj5TG0JY

Children enjoy the festival as they play with colours and water guns.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=0eDI4Cj5TG0JYShowkat ShafiAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Children enjoy the festival as they play with colours and water guns.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=0dbR8fHcFsfoL

Holi also marks the beginning of spring.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=0dbR8fHcFsfoLShowkat ShafiAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Holi also marks the beginning of spring.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=01MQggT9jx1Lj

Children enjoy a day off from school on Holi.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=01MQggT9jx1LjShowkat ShafiAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Children enjoy a day off from school on Holi.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=0e8YabQc865ih

The festivities continue for two days in most places.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=0e8YabQc865ihShowkat ShafiAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The festivities continue for two days in most places.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=0a7c6wN0qI5GG

But in the cities of Mathura and Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Holi celebrations last for a week.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=0a7c6wN0qI5GGShowkat ShafiAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

But in the cities of Mathura and Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Holi celebrations last for a week.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=09txazEgXy9Vu

Every year, thousands of people from around the world come to the cities of Mathura and Vrindavan to see the grand celebrations that take place in various temples.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=09txazEgXy9VuShowkat ShafiAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Every year, thousands of people from around the world come to the cities of Mathura and Vrindavan to see the grand celebrations that take place in various temples.

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Revelers dance to songs and beats of the dhol, a kind of drum.
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=0gnPbEDgl04xwShowkat ShafiAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images
Revelers dance to songs and beats of the dhol, a kind of drum.
http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=0g5K3JobwPfJmHoli is celebrated by all age groups. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=0g5K3JobwPfJmShowkat ShafiAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesHoli is celebrated by all age groups. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=02Tr3JocHK5Ir

The festival of Holi is known for spirit of energy, unity and love. Two women apply color on each other during Holi celebrations.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Holi-festival?image_id=02Tr3JocHK5IrShowkat ShafiAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The festival of Holi is known for spirit of energy, unity and love. Two women apply color on each other during Holi celebrations.



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