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Bangladeshi girls celebrate Holi, the festival of colors at Dhanmondi Lake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABIR ABDULLAH / EPA

A tourist participates in Holi festivities.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bikas Das / Associated Press

A tourist enjoys a moment celebrating Holi with local people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIBYANGSHU SARKAR / AFP / Getty Images

Indian youths covered with colored powder.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARINDER NANU / AFP / Getty Images

An Indian man dances amid a cloud of colored powder during Holi celebrations.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anupam Nath / Associated Press

A woman's face is smeared with colored powder.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajanish Kakade / Associated Press

Indian men, their faces smeared with colored powder, dance during Holi celebrations. The Hindu festival of colors also heralds the coming of spring.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anupam Nath / Associated Press

Hindu devotees crowd and reach for sweets as they face a deity while celebrating Holi, the festival of color, at the Banke Bihari temple.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated Press

An Indian girl, her face smeared with colored powder, looks out from her house during Holi celebrations. The tradition of Holi, also known as Festival of Colors, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. Holi is marked at the end of the winter season on the last full-moon day of the lunar month Phalguna, which usually falls in the latter part of February or March.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rafiq Maqbool / Associated Press

Joyous celebrants enjoy an open-air concert marking Holi at Durbar Square.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARENDRA SHRESTHA / EPA

Their faces smeared with a rainbow of colors, girls in the northern Indian city of Jammu celebrate Holi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAIPAL SINGH / EPA

Holi revelers thrust their tinted hands into the air in Durbar Square.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARENDRA SHRESTHA / EPA

An Indian man smeared in silver takes on a statuesque look.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Channi Anand / Associated Press

Hindu devotees accept a shower of colored powder at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated Press

The pet parrot on a man's head is barely noticeable in the riot of color.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Channi Anand / Associated Press

Western tourists join in the Holi fun.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated Press

A young boy makes a scary face.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated Press

Holi is a festival for all ages and, of course, colors.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Binod Joshi / Associated Press

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Holi, the festival of colors

Holi, the joyous Hindu festival of colors, is celebrated mainly in India and Nepal.

According to the Hindu calendar, the spring festival coincides with the last full moon in the month of Phalguna.

People of all ages celebrate Holi by decorating one another with colored powder, giving the holiday its nickname.

1 Comment

  1. March 8, 2012, 12:34 pm

    It's my dream to go to India for a festival or wedding!

    By: Vanessa

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