This week Hindus around the world celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors.
Holi is a springtime celebration observed on the last full moon of the lunar month. Revelers traditionally throw bright colored powders at friends and strangers alike as they celebrate the arrival of spring, commemorate Krishna’s pranks, and allow each other a momentary freedom—a chance to drop their inhibitions and simply play and dance.
Gathered here are images of this year’s Holi festival from India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
A girl reacts as colored water is thrown on her face while celebrating Holi, the Festival of Colors, in Mumbai, India, on March 13, 2017. (Shailesh Andrade / Reuters)
A student of Rabindra Bharati University, with her face smeared in colored powder, during celebrations inside the university campus in Kolkata, India, on March 9, 2017.
Indian revelers play with colors during Holi celebrations in Chennai on March 13, 2017.
A boy with his face smeared in colored powder, during Holi, organized by ” Colombo Indians”, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on March 12, 2017.
Indian girls take a selfie during Holi in Mumbai, India, on March 13, 2017.
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