INDIA

The 'festival of colours' in photos

Last week was Holi festival for Hindus. In the name of the coming of Spring and of good overcoming evil, Hindus take to the streets to cover each other in colourful paints. An opportunity not to be missed by photographers. See our selection...

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Photo: Jitendra Singh 

Last week was Holi festival for Hindus. In the name of the coming of Spring and of good overcoming evil, Hindus take to the streets to cover each other in colourful paints. An opportunity not to be missed by photographers...

The Rang Barse party, which literally means "rain of colour," takes place on the day of the last full moon before the start of springtime. It's not real paint that gets thrown, but dry gulal powder, which has a similar consistency to talcum powder.  

Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan

Posted on Flickr by "Shannon's travels".

Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu province, south India

Posted on Sophie Clary's blog.

Celebrations in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh province

Photos: Jitendra Singh

In Nand Gaon village, Uttar Pradesh province

Photos: Himanshu Khagta