India's Festival of Colors

Indians across the country usher in spring with the eye-popping, colorfully

chaotic festival of Holi, celebrating the victory of good over evil and

devotion to the Hindu god Lord Vishnu.

A Hindu devotee, face smeared with colored powder, leaves the Banke Bihari temple during Holi celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that also marks the advent of spring, is being celebrated across the country Wednesday. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A Hindu devotee, face smeared with colored powder, leaves the Banke Bihari temple during Holi celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that also marks the advent of spring, is being celebrated across the country Wednesday. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A Hindu devotee, face smeared with colored powder, leaves the Banke Bihari temple during Holi celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that also marks the advent of spring, is being celebrated across the country Wednesday. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
An Indian child, face smeared with colored powder, celebrates Holi festival in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, March. 27, 2013. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that also marks the advent of spring, is being celebrated across the country Wednesday.(AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
An Indian child, face smeared with colored powder, celebrates Holi festival in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, March. 27, 2013. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that also marks the advent of spring, is being celebrated across the country Wednesday.(AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
An Indian child, face smeared with colored powder, celebrates Holi festival in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, March. 27, 2013. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that also marks the advent of spring, is being celebrated across the country Wednesday.(AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Indian Hindu devotees smeared with colors sing at the Nandagram temple, famous for Lord Krishna and his brother Balram, during Lathmar holy festival, in Nandgaon, India , Friday, March 22, 2013. During Lathmar Holi the women of Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, beat the men from Barsana, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing as they depart the town. (AP Photo / Manish Swarup)
Indian Hindu devotees smeared with colors sing at the Nandagram temple, famous for Lord Krishna and his brother Balram, during Lathmar holy festival, in Nandgaon, India , Friday, March 22, 2013. During Lathmar Holi the women of Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, beat the men from Barsana, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing as they depart the town. (AP Photo / Manish Swarup)
Indian Hindu devotees smeared with colors sing at the Nandagram temple, famous for Lord Krishna and his brother Balram, during Lathmar holy festival, in Nandgaon, India , Friday, March 22, 2013. During Lathmar Holi the women of Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, beat the men from Barsana, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing as they depart the town. (AP Photo / Manish Swarup)
Indians, their faces smeared with color and glitter, dance as water is sprinkled on them during Holi celebrations in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that also marks the advent of spring, is being celebrated across the country Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Indians, their faces smeared with color and glitter, dance as water is sprinkled on them during Holi celebrations in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that also marks the advent of spring, is being celebrated across the country Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Indians, their faces smeared with color and glitter, dance as water is sprinkled on them during Holi celebrations in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that also marks the advent of spring, is being celebrated across the country Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Indian Hindu widows throw flowers as part of Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The widows, many of whom at times have lived desperate lives in the streets of the temple town, celebrated the festival for the first time at the century old ashram. After their husband's deaths the women have been banished by their families to the town where devotees believe Lord Krishna was born, for supposedly bringing bad luck. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
Indian Hindu widows throw flowers as part of Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The widows, many of whom at times have lived desperate lives in the streets of the temple town, celebrated the festival for the first time at the century old ashram. After their husband's deaths the women have been banished by their families to the town where devotees believe Lord Krishna was born, for supposedly bringing bad luck. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
Indian Hindu widows throw flowers as part of Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The widows, many of whom at times have lived desperate lives in the streets of the temple town, celebrated the festival for the first time at the century old ashram. After their husband's deaths the women have been banished by their families to the town where devotees believe Lord Krishna was born, for supposedly bringing bad luck. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
Indian Hindu widows throw flowers as part of Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
Indian Hindu widows throw flowers as part of Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
Indian Hindu widows throw flowers as part of Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
A young Hindu devotee sits covered in colored dye at the Banke Bihari temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Holi, the festival of colors celebrates the arrival of spring. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
A young Hindu devotee sits covered in colored dye at the Banke Bihari temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Holi, the festival of colors celebrates the arrival of spring. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
A young Hindu devotee sits covered in colored dye at the Banke Bihari temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Holi, the festival of colors celebrates the arrival of spring. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
An Indian, face smeared with colored powder, celebrates Holi festival in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, March. 27, 2013. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that also marks the advent of spring, is being celebrated across the country Wednesday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
An Indian, face smeared with colored powder, celebrates Holi festival in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, March. 27, 2013. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that also marks the advent of spring, is being celebrated across the country Wednesday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
An Indian, face smeared with colored powder, celebrates Holi festival in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, March. 27, 2013. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that also marks the advent of spring, is being celebrated across the country Wednesday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
AP10ThingsToSee - A Bangladeshi Hindu child with his face smeared in colors participates in Holi festival celebrations in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)
AP10ThingsToSee - A Bangladeshi Hindu child with his face smeared in colors participates in Holi festival celebrations in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)
AP10ThingsToSee - A Bangladeshi Hindu child with his face smeared in colors participates in Holi festival celebrations in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)

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