“Lathmar Holi” – Festival of Colours


A Hindu devotee with his face daubed in colours reacts to the camera while taking part during “Lathmar Holi” at the village of Barsana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 9, 2014. In a Holi tradition unique to Barsana and Nandgaon villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then “beat” them with bamboo sticks called “lathis”. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)


A Hindu woman is seen covered with coloured powder at a temple during “Lathmar Holi” at Nandgaon village, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, March 10, 2014. (Photo by Adnan Abidi/Reuters)


Hindu devotees daubed in colours gather at the Radhe-Krishna temple to celebrate “Lathmar Holi” at the village of Barsana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 9, 2014. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)


Women cover their faces as men throw coloured powder at them during “Lathmar Holi” at the village of Barsana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 9, 2014. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)


A group of women beat men holding a shield over their heads during “Lathmar Holi” at the village of Barsana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 9, 2014. (Photo by K. K. Arora/Reuters)


A man daubed in coloured powder poses for a picture at a temple during “Lathmar Holi” at village Nandgaon, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, March 10, 2014. (Photo by Adnan Abidi/Reuters)


Men daubed in coloured powder shout as they celebrate “Lathmar Holi” at Nandgaon village, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, March 10, 2014. (Photo by Adnan Abidi/Reuters)


A veiled Hindu woman holds a bamboo stick as she celebrates “Lathmar Holi” at Nandgaon village, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, March 10, 2014. (Photo by Adnan Abidi/Reuters)


People dance as others spray coloured water on them during the “Lathmar Holi” at village Nandgaon, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, March 10, 2014. (Photo by Adnan Abidi/Reuters)


Hindu devotees throw coloured powder at each other as they celebrate “Lathmar Holi” at the village of Barsana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 9, 2014. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)


An Indian Hindu woman, drenched in colored water, looks on at the Nandagram Temple famous for Lord Krishna during Lathmar Holi festival in Nandgaon 120 kilometers ( 75 miles) from New Delhi, India, Monday, March 10, 2014. According to tradition which has its roots in Hindu mythology men from Barsana arrive at the temple where they are soaked in colored water by men from Nandgaon, believed to be Lord Krishna’s village, and then beaten by the women of the village with wooden sticks as they depart the town. (Photo by Altaf Qadri/AP Photo)


A Sadhu or Hindu holy man leans against a closed door at the Nandagram Temple famous for Lord Krishna during Lathmar Holi festival in Nandgaon 120 kilometers ( 75 miles) from New Delhi, India, Monday, March 10, 2014. (Photo by Altaf Qadri/AP Photo)


An elderly Hindu man seek alms from devotees outside the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana 115 kilometers ( 71 miles) from New Delhi, India, Sunday, March 9, 2014. During Lathmar Holi the women of Barsana beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing as they depart the town. (Photo by Altaf Qadri/AP Photo)


Indian Hindu women from Nandgaon village beat the shield of a man from Barsana village during Lathmar Holi festival at Nandgaon 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of New Delhi, India, Monday, March 10, 2014. (Photo by Altaf Qadri/AP Photo)


Hindu men from the village of Nangaon throw colored powder on others as they play holi at the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana 115 kilometers ( 71 miles) from New Delhi, India, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (Photo by Altaf Qadri/AP Photo)


A Hindu devotee with his face daubed in colours looks on while taking part during “Lathmar Holi” at the village of Barsana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 9, 2014. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)


Hindu men from the village of Nangaon covered with colored powder sit on the floor during prayers at the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holy festival, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana 115 kilometers ( 71 miles) from New Delhi, India, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (Photo by Altaf Qadri/AP Photo)


A woman covers her face as men throw colored powder at her during “Lathmar Holi” at the village of Barsana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 9, 2014. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)


A Hindu man pours a bucket of colored water on a woman outside the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival. (Photo by Altaf Qadri/AP Photo)


Holi is celebrated at the approach of vernal equinox on the Phalguna Purnima (Full Moon). The festival date varies every year, per the Hindu calendar, and typically comes in March, sometimes February in the Gregorian Calendar. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships. (Photo by Harish Tyagi/EPA)


Traditionally, washable natural plant-derived colours such as turmeric, neem, dhak, kumkum are used as well as water-based commercial pigments. (Photo by Harish Tyagi/EPA)


Indian women beat men with wooden sticks as they shield themselves during the annual Lathmar Holi festival in Barsana village. (Photo by Harish Tyagi/EPA)


A Hindu man from the village of Nangaon teases men from Barsana as they play holi at the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana 115 kilometers ( 71 miles) from New Delhi, India, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (Photo by Altaf Qadri/AP Photo)

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