Shunned women attend festivities in Vrindavan, one of two north Indian cities known as the ‘cities of widows’.
Holi, the Hindu festival of colours celebrated in South Asia, marks the beginning of spring.
Holi holds a mythological importance – that of the triumph of good over evil. It is also associated with the eternal love of Lord Krishna and his consort Radha.
The festival of Holi brings together people from all classes and age groups, who play with colours, dance and sing, and distribute sweets.