19 March 2014 08:45 | By Maureen O'Hare & Nadeem Badshah
Celebrations to mark the colourful festival of Holi

Parties to mark the start of spring



Holi 2014 (© REUTERS/Babu)
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  • Party in Allahabad (© Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP Images)
  • A boy sits in a plastic container filled with coloured water during Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai (© REUTERS/Babu)
  • A boy reacts as other boys throw coloured powder at him during Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai (© REUTERS/Babu)
  • A boy daubed in coloured powder reacts as other boys spray coloured water on him during Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai. (© REUTERS/Babu)
  • A boy sits under a water tap to wash himself after taking part in Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai. (© REUTERS/Babu)
  • Children in Chennai (© REUTERS/Babu)
  • Celebrations in Guwahati (© REUTERS/Utpal Baruah)
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Hindus around the world are throwing coloured powder at each other to mark the festival of Holi. The annual celebration sees people cover themselves in paint and dye. The religious festival dates back thousands of years. Revellers throw shades of red, yellow, pink, green and pink powder to celebrate the victory of spring over the winter.

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