Holi - Festival of Colours

Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India.

A Hindu priest throws coloured powder at the devotees during Holi celebrations at Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan

A Hindu priest throws coloured powder at the devotees during Holi celebrations at Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, March 13, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A Hindu woman daubed in coloured powder takes part in Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan

A Hindu woman daubed in coloured powder takes part in Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, March 13, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

A Hindu priest throws coloured powder at the devotees during Holi celebrations at Shamlal Ji temple in Kolkata

A Hindu priest (L) throws coloured powder at the devotees during Holi celebrations at Shamlal Ji temple in Kolkata March 17, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)

A widow throws flowers into the air during the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram in Vrindavan

A widow throws flowers into the air during the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram in Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 14, 2014. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A man reacts to coloured water being splashed over him during Holi celebrations in Chennai

A man reacts to coloured water being splashed over him during Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai March 17, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Babu (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Hindu priests throws coloured powder at the devotees during Holi celebrations at Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan

Hindu priests throws coloured powder at the devotees during Holi celebrations at Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, March 13, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

People celebrate during Holi, the Festival of Colours, in Kathmandu

People celebrate during Holi, the Festival of Colours, in Kathmandu March 16, 2014. Holi marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over Nepal. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Hindu devotees raise their hands to receive coloured holy water from a priest outside a temple during Holi celebrations in Ahmedabad

Hindu devotees raise their hands to receive coloured holy water from a priest (unseen) outside a temple during Holi celebrations in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad March 17, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A boy reacts during Holi celebrations in Chennai

A boy reacts as other boys throw coloured powder at him during Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai March 16, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Babu (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY)

A girl smeared with colours reacts during Holi celebrations in Chennai

A girl smeared with colours reacts as another girl throws coloured powder at her during Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai March 16, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Babu (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY)

A Hindu woman prays while lying on the floor of a temple during Holi celebrations in Ahmedabad

A Hindu woman prays while lying on the floor of a temple during Holi celebrations in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad March 17, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A boy sits in a plastic container filled with coloured water during Holi celebrations in Chennai

A boy sits in a plastic container filled with coloured water during Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai March 16, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Babu (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Photos of the day - March 16, 2014

Indian people apply colored powder on each other as they celebrate the Holi festival in Bardwan, west of Calcutta, eastern India, 16 March 2014. Holi is the Hindu spring festival of colors. (EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY)

Coloured beam of rays are seen as Hindu priests (unseen) throw coloured powder at the devotees during Holi celebrations at Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan

Coloured beam of rays are seen as Hindu priests (unseen) throw coloured powder at the devotees during Holi celebrations at Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, March 13, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

Photos of the day - March 16, 2014

Indian women apply colored powder on each other as they celebrate the Holi festival in Bardwan, west of Calcutta, eastern India, March 16, 2014. Holi is the Hindu spring festival of colors. (EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY)

Men dance as coloured powder and water is sprayed on them during Holi celebrations in Allahabad

Men dance as coloured powder and water is sprayed on them during Holi celebrations in the northern Indian city of Allahabad March 18, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

People daubed in colours dance as they celebrate Holi in Guwahati

People daubed in colours dance as they celebrate Holi in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati March 17, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Utpal Baruah (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

Widows daubed in colours sing during Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International Vrindavan

Widows daubed in colours sing during Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram in Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 17, 2014. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

Widows dance as they throw flowers into the air during Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International Vrindavan

Widows dance as they throw flowers into the air during Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram in Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 17, 2014. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A girl sits on her father's shoulders cheers as she and others daubed in colours dance while celebrating Holi in Guwahati

A girl sits on her father's shoulders cheers as she and others daubed in colours dance while celebrating Holi in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati March 17, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Utpal Baruah (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A girl daubed in colours takes part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International in Vrindavan

A girl daubed in colours takes part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram in Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 14, 2014. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION SOCIETY)

A widow with her face smeared with coloured powder watches the Holi celebrations in Vrindavan

A widow with her face smeared with coloured powder watches the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram in Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 14, 2014. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION SOCIETY)

Hindu devotees react as priests throw coloured water on them during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan

Hindu devotees react as priests (unseen) throw coloured water on them during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, March 13, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A college student, smeared with colour, smiles as her fellow students pour coloured powder on her during Holi celebrations in Chennai

A college student, smeared with colour, smiles as her fellow students pour coloured powder on her during Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai March 17, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Babu (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

A Hindu holy man waits for Hindu priest Babulal to exit a temple and walk through a bonfire, at Phalen village

A Hindu holy man or Sadhu reacts as he waits for Hindu priest Babulal to exit a temple and walk through a bonfire, signifying the burning of the demon Holika, during a ritual to mark the first day of the Holi spring festival, also known as the Festival of Colours, at Phalen village near the northern Indian city of Mathura March 17, 2014. Holi in Phalen starts on the first day of the full moon where a Hindu mythological story will be re-enacted to symbolize the victory of good over evil, according to local media. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

Hindu devotees daubed in colours sit as they sing hymns during Holi celebrations at Shamlal Ji temple in Kolkata

Hindu devotees daubed in colours sit as they sing hymns during Holi celebrations at Shamlal Ji temple in Kolkata March 17, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)

A boy reacts to the camera as he celebrates 'Holi', India's festival of colours, outside his makeshift home in New Delhi

A boy reacts to the camera as he celebrates 'Holi', India's festival of colours, outside his makeshift home in New Delhi March 14, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY PORTRAIT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Widows take part in Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International in Vrindavan

Widows take part in Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram in Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 17, 2014. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

Men with their faces painted in silver pose as they celebrate Holi in Guwahati

Men with their faces painted in silver pose as they celebrate Holi in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati March 17, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Utpal Baruah (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

A widow throws coloured water during Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International in Vrindavan

A widow throws coloured water during Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram in Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 17, 2014. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

A woman, who is a former scavenger, hold flowers during the Holi celebrations in Vrindavan

A woman, who is a former scavenger, hold flowers during the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram in Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 14, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION SOCIETY)

Women, who are former scavengers, spray coloured water during the Holi celebrations in Vrindavan

Women, who are former scavengers, spray coloured water during the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram in Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 14, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION SOCIETY)

Children take part in Holi celebrations in Chennai

Children take part in Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai March 16, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Babu (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY)

Hindu devotees react as priests spray coloured water on them during Holi celebrations at Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan

Hindu devotees react as priests (unseen) spray coloured water on them during Holi celebrations at Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, March 13, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

A woman, who is a former scavenger, throws flowers into the air during the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram in Vrindavan

A woman, who is a former scavenger, throws flowers into the air during the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram in Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 14, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION SOCIETY)

Hindu devotees react as priests throw coloured powder on them during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan

Hindu devotees react as priests (unseen) throw coloured powder on them during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, March 13, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

Women, who are former scavengers, dance during the Holi celebrations organised by at a widow's ashram in Vrindavan

Women, who are former scavengers, dance during the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widow's ashram in Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 14, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

Students cheer as water is sprayed on them during Holi celebrations at a school in Ahmedabad

Students cheer as water is sprayed on them during Holi celebrations at a school in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad March 14, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)

A widow tries to get up after taking part in Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International in Vrindavan

A widow tries to get up after taking part in Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram in Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 14, 2014. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION SOCIETY)

Hindu devotees daubed in colours sing hymns during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan

Hindu devotees daubed in colours sing hymns during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, March 13, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)