Festival

An Explosion of Color at Holi 2014 (PHOTOS)

Happy Holi! Crowds gather in India to celebrate the 2014 Festival of Colors, welcoming the spring by dousing each other in a flurry of vibrant, multi-colored powders and dyes.

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Every year, Hindu worshipers gather throughout India to celebrate Holi, a festival that that welcomes the oncoming spring with a flurry of color. Participants take to the streets, dousing each other in an array of multi-colored powder and dyes. Here, a Hindu priest throws colored powder at the devotees during Holi celebrations at Bankey Bihari Temple in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

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Colored beams of light shine down on revelers at the Bankey Bihari Temple.

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A man covered in colored powder sings a hymn during "Lathmar Holi" in the village Nandgaon in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. In a Holi tradition unique to Nandgaon and Barsana villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then "beat" them with bamboo sticks called "lathis." 

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Devotees wait to be doused in colored powder in front of the Bankey Bihari Temple in Vrindavan.

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A crowd is sprayed by colored water during festival celebrations. 

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A Hindu woman is covered in red and yellow powder after participating in the Holi celebration in Nandgaon village. 

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A smiling woman welcomes the coming spring. 

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The scene outside the Bankey Bihari Temple is awash in color as devotees crowd around waiting for priests to spray them with dyed powder. 

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A colorful crowd celebrates outside the Bankey Bihari Temple in Vrindavan.

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A Hindu priest throws powder and garlands at the devotees in Vrindavan.