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  • March 8, 2012

    Holi - Festival of colour

    Hindus in India celebrate the end of winter and beginning of spring by throwing bright powdered paints and coloured water at each other. The event also celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

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  • A woman reacts as her face is smeared with colored powder during Holi festivities in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)

    A woman reacts as her face is smeared with colored powder during Holi festivities in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)   (CP) Photo Store

  • Hindu devotees pray and face a deity as colored powder is thrown on them while celebrating

    Hindu devotees pray and face a deity as colored powder is thrown on them while celebrating "Holi," the festival of color, crowd at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) from New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Vrindavan is a famous place for Holi celebrations, where according to legend, the Hindu god Krishna played Holi with his consort Radha. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)   (CP) Photo Store

  • A woman reacts as colored powder is thrown on her head during Holi festivities in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)

    A woman reacts as colored powder is thrown on her head during Holi festivities in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)   (CP) Photo Store

  • An Indian girl, her face smeared with colored powder, participates in Holi celebrations  in Chennai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K.)

    An Indian girl, her face smeared with colored powder, participates in Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K.)   (CP) Photo Store

  • Hindu devotees carry colored powder that is to be thrown on worshippers during celebrations for

    Hindu devotees carry colored powder that is to be thrown on worshippers during celebrations for "Holi," the festival of color, crowd at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) from New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Vrindavan is a famous place for Holi celebrations, where according to legend, the Hindu god Krishna played Holi with his consort Radha. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)   (CP) Photo Store

  • Hindu devotees crowd and reach for sweets as they face a deity while celebrating Holi,  the festival of color, at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) from New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Vrindavan is a famous place for Holi celebrations, where according to legend, the Hindu god Krishna played Holi with his consort Radha. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

    Hindu devotees crowd and reach for sweets as they face a deity while celebrating Holi, the festival of color, at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) from New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Vrindavan is a famous place for Holi celebrations, where according to legend, the Hindu god Krishna played Holi with his consort Radha. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)   (CP) Photo Store

  • An Indian boy smears the face of a friend with colored powder during Holi festivities in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

    An Indian boy smears the face of a friend with colored powder during Holi festivities in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)   (CP) Photo Store

  • Indians, their faces smeared with colored powder and glitter, participate in Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    Indians, their faces smeared with colored powder and glitter, participate in Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)   (CP) Photo Store

  • An Indian man dances amid a cloud of colored powder during Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    An Indian man dances amid a cloud of colored powder during Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)   (CP) Photo Store

  • A man reacts as his face is smeared with colored powder during Holi festivities in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)

    A man reacts as his face is smeared with colored powder during Holi festivities in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)   (CP) Photo Store

  • An Indian girl, her face smeared with colored powder, reacts to the camera during Holi celebrations in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

    An Indian girl, her face smeared with colored powder, reacts to the camera during Holi celebrations in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)   (CP) Photo Store

  • An Indian man, his face smeared with glitter, dances as water is sprayed on him during Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    An Indian man, his face smeared with glitter, dances as water is sprayed on him during Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)   (CP) Photo Store

  • An Indian girl, her face smeared with colored powder, looks out from her house during Holi celebrations in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

    An Indian girl, her face smeared with colored powder, looks out from her house during Holi celebrations in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)   (CP) Photo Store

  • Indian women smear colored powder on each other during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K.)

    Indian women smear colored powder on each other during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K.)   (CP) Photo Store

  • A man reacts as his face is smeared with colored powder by friends during Holi festivities in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)

    A man reacts as his face is smeared with colored powder by friends during Holi festivities in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)   (CP) Photo Store

  • Indian men, their faces smeared with colored powder, dance during Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    Indian men, their faces smeared with colored powder, dance during Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)   (CP) Photo Store

  • Indian girls smear colored powder on each other during Holi celebrations in Kolkata, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

    Indian girls smear colored powder on each other during Holi celebrations in Kolkata, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)   (CP) Photo Store

  • An Indian girl, her face smeared with colored powder, reacts as water is squirted on her during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K.)

    An Indian girl, her face smeared with colored powder, reacts as water is squirted on her during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K.)   (CP) Photo Store

  • A man reacts as his face is smeared with colored powder by friends during Holi festivities in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)

    A man reacts as his face is smeared with colored powder by friends during Holi festivities in Mumbai, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)   (CP) Photo Store

  • Indian men dunk a friend in tomato slush during Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    Indian men dunk a friend in tomato slush during Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)   (CP) Photo Store

  • Indian men dance amid colored powder and water during Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    Indian men dance amid colored powder and water during Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)   (CP) Photo Store

  • A Hindu devotee has a bucket of coloured water poured on her whilst walking to the the Banke Bihari temple to celebrate

    A Hindu devotee has a bucket of coloured water poured on her whilst walking to the the Banke Bihari temple to celebrate "Holi," the festival of colour, in Vrindavan, about 140 kilometers, 87 miles, from New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Vrindavan is a famous place for Holi celebrations, where according to legend, the Hindu god Krishna played Holi with his consort Radha. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)   (CP) Photo Store

  • Indian women are hit with a bucket of  water while walking to the the Banke Bihari temple to celebrate

    Indian women are hit with a bucket of water while walking to the the Banke Bihari temple to celebrate "Holi," the festival of color, at in Vrindavan, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) from New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Vrindavan is a famous place for Holi celebrations, where according to legend, the Hindu god Krishna played Holi with his consort Radha. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)   (CP) Photo Store

  • Hindu devotees pray and face a deity as colored powder is thrown on them while celebrating

    Hindu devotees pray and face a deity as colored powder is thrown on them while celebrating "Holi," the festival of color, crowd at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) from New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Vrindavan is a famous place for Holi celebrations, where according to legend, the Hindu god Krishna played Holi with his consort Radha. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)   (CP) Photo Store

  • Hindu devotees are covered in colored powder as they arrive to celebrate

    Hindu devotees are covered in colored powder as they arrive to celebrate "Holi," the festival of color, at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) from New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Vrindavan is a famous place for Holi celebrations, where according to legend, the Hindu god Krishna played Holi with his consort Radha. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)   (CP) Photo Store

  • An Indian man with a colored face carries a parrot as he celebrates Holi in Jammu, India, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors will be celebrated across the country on March 8. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    An Indian man with a colored face carries a parrot as he celebrates Holi in Jammu, India, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors will be celebrated across the country on March 8. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)   (CP) Photo Store

  • An elderly Hindu devotee walks past a woman praying as they gather to mark

    An elderly Hindu devotee walks past a woman praying as they gather to mark "Holi," the festival of color, at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) from New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Vrindavan is a famous place for Holi celebrations, where according to legend, the Hindu god Krishna played Holi with his consort Radha. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)   (CP) Photo Store

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