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Lathmar Holi in India's land of Krishna
Colour is already running riot in pockets of India's heartland, days ahead of festival of colours.
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Holi - the annual Indian festival of colour - is still a couple of days away, but colour is already running riot in pockets of India's heartland.

The festival is already underway in Barsana, Nandgaon and Vrindavan of Uttar Pradesh. The three are part of Braj Bhoomi - the land where according to mythology, Hindu God Krishna spent his childhood and grew up. He is said to have been advised by his mother to smear his consort, Radha, with the colour of his choice, after he grew jealous of her fair complexion.

What began as a child's play has become a celebration of love and reconciliation. 

Celebrations start in Barsana a week before the actual Holi. Villagers from Nandgaon join in the fun and there is great festivity. Women chase the men playfully with sticks, giving the occasion also the name of Lathmar (hitting with sticks) Holi. The show then moves on to Vrindavan on the banks of River Yamuna, and a spectacle unfolds.


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Two local boys after playing holi at the Krishna temple of Nandgaon



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A man sprays colour from his roof on a woman passing by



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To grab and smear others with colours is what Holi is primarily all about



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Women chase and hit men with sticks, but no one complains 



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Song and dance are part of Lathmar Holi. The lyrics often have sexual connotations, and the women pretend to be angry and thereafter chase the men with sticks



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Lathmar Holi in Uttar Pradesh begins seven days before the rest of India observes Holi



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A transsexual dances inside the temple of Radha in Barsana. Everyone, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, are known to participate in the festivities



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A devotee prays after playing with colours at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India



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A devotee tosses coloured powder called Gulal during the celebrations in Vrindavan



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Lathmar Holi peaks when the celebrations reach Vrindavan



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Thousands take to the streets as colour runs riot in Vrindavan



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It is colourful, as also noisy and boisterous. Participants beat drums and create more than a din



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Holi is an occasion when everyone lets their hair down and joins in the celebrations




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Two local boys after playing holi at the Krishna temple of Nandgaon

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A man sprays colour from his roof on a woman passing by

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To grab and smear others with colours is what Holi is primarily all about

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Women chase and hit men with sticks, but no one complains 

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Song and dance are part of Lathmar Holi. The lyrics often have sexual connotations, and the women pretend to be angry and thereafter chase the men with sticks

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Lathmar Holi in Uttar Pradesh begins seven days before the rest of India observes Holi

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A transsexual dances inside the temple of Radha in Barsana. Everyone, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, are known to participate in the festivities

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A devotee prays after playing with colours at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

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A devotee tosses coloured powder called Gulal during the celebrations in Vrindavan

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Lathmar Holi peaks when the celebrations reach Vrindavan

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Thousands take to the streets as colour runs riot in Vrindavan

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It is colourful, as also noisy and boisterous. Participants beat drums and create more than a din

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Holi is an occasion when everyone lets their hair down and joins in the celebrations

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Two local boys after playing holi at Krishna temple at Nandgaon 5km away from Barsana on the 2nd day of lathmar holi, Uttar Pradesh, India. Lathmar holy is celibrated seven days before the actual holi day

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Two local boys after playing holi at Krishna temple at Nandgaon 5km away from Barsana on the 2nd day of lathmar holi, Uttar Pradesh, India. Lathmar holy is celibrated seven days before the actual holi day

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A man pours water colour from his roof on a passing by woman at Barsana, Uttar Pradesh, India

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A man pours water colour from his roof on a passing by woman at Barsana, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Indian people plays with colour at Krishna temple at Nandgaon. It is belived that lord Krishna spent her childhood in this village in Uttar Pradesh, India

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Indian people plays with colour at Krishna temple at Nandgaon. It is belived that lord Krishna spent her childhood in this village in Uttar Pradesh, India

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/144dab574977c14035626a73cb21234b

A lady beats a man with a long stick while he uses a pad to protect himself from it. The festival of lathmar holi starts with men taunting women with songs having sexual connotation against which the ladies hit them with wooden sticks. As holi itself is played among men and women but only in Barsana holi is still celebrated in the way it is written in the epics. Barsana, Uttarpradesh, India

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A lady beats a man with a long stick while he uses a pad to protect himself from it. The festival of lathmar holi starts with men taunting women with songs having sexual connotation against which the ladies hit them with wooden sticks. As holi itself is played among men and women but only in Barsana holi is still celebrated in the way it is written in the epics. Barsana, Uttarpradesh, India

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/afb9000d610931916ddaa502cd6494c7

A man dances with a lady during lathmar holi. Song and dance are part of lathmar holi festival. The lyrics of the songs generally have sexual connotations, which make the girls angry. Uttarpradesh, India

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A man dances with a lady during lathmar holi. Song and dance are part of lathmar holi festival. The lyrics of the songs generally have sexual connotations, which make the girls angry. Uttarpradesh, India

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/2034ed2f184bf50105af7a707e093b45

A man from Nandgaon dances during Lathmar Holi at Barsana. Lathmar holy is celibrated seven days before the actual holi day

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A man from Nandgaon dances during Lathmar Holi at Barsana. Lathmar holy is celibrated seven days before the actual holi day

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A transsexual dances inside the temple of Radha (Radhika) in Barsana, Uttar Pradesh, India on the day of Lathmar holi. Transexuals are supposed to be holy people in Indian mythology

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/cd09444231e414c3b7e983a622b17299[Arindam Mukherjee/Al Jazeera]

A transsexual dances inside the temple of Radha (Radhika) in Barsana, Uttar Pradesh, India on the day of Lathmar holi. Transexuals are supposed to be holy people in Indian mythology

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/85d912489e462f3d7d11ff878266a293

A Hindu devotee prays after playing with colours during annual Holi festival at Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/85d912489e462f3d7d11ff878266a293[Arindam Mukherjee/Al Jazeera]

A Hindu devotee prays after playing with colours during annual Holi festival at Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/d5bf9dada237bb01ca8be8948c60c1c6

An old woman sings a devotional song during Holi celebration at Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/d5bf9dada237bb01ca8be8948c60c1c6 [Arindam Mukherjee/Al Jazeera]

An old woman sings a devotional song during Holi celebration at Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/e0ad603b88877933f4466ad9410e604b

A devotee tosses coloured powder called Gulal during the Holi celebration at Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/e0ad603b88877933f4466ad9410e604b[Arindam Mukherjee/Al Jazeera]

A devotee tosses coloured powder called Gulal during the Holi celebration at Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/ff63c7c732b9384b804007283156d322

Hindu devotees play with colour during Holi celebration at Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/ff63c7c732b9384b804007283156d322[Arindam Mukherjee/Al Jazeera]

Hindu devotees play with colour during Holi celebration at Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/919b4c01dd7609be05f66adb379451e2

Indian people celebrates Holi at Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan. The biggest celebration of Holi takes place in Banke Bihari temple Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/919b4c01dd7609be05f66adb379451e2[Arindam Mukherjee/Al Jazeera]

Indian people celebrates Holi at Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan. The biggest celebration of Holi takes place in Banke Bihari temple Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/1bc3abe2b54d5b485e5fc56604eb90d0

Indian people beats a huge drum at Barsana during lathmar Holi festival, Uttar Pradesh, India. Lathmar Holi is celibrated seven days before the actual holi day

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/1bc3abe2b54d5b485e5fc56604eb90d0[Arindam Mukherjee/Al Jazeera]

Indian people beats a huge drum at Barsana during lathmar Holi festival, Uttar Pradesh, India. Lathmar Holi is celibrated seven days before the actual holi day

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/5002cd7804332a7739b68b4c4b72999f

Indian People play Holi on a road in Nandgaon, Uttar Pradesh, India

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Holi_-_Celebration_of_love_and_reconciliation/slideshow/no-caption/5002cd7804332a7739b68b4c4b72999f[Arindam Mukherjee/Al Jazeera]

Indian People play Holi on a road in Nandgaon, Uttar Pradesh, India



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