India and Nepal Greet Spring With Color in Holi Celebrations [Photos]

Thousands turn out to celebrate the coming of spring in the Asian subcontinent with dancing in the street and most important, by covering the body in the colors of the rainbow.

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Thousands across India and Nepal on Thursday celebrated Holi, the riotous annual celebration of color that marks the end of winter and the arrival of spring. Here a girl reacts as others apply colored powder on her face during Holi celebrations in Mumbai, India, on March 24, 2016.

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An Indian couple dances after being smeared with colors during Holi celebrations, or the Hindu festival of colors in Allahabad, India on Thursday, March 24.

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Men daubed in colors dance during Holi celebrations in Allahabad, India, on March 24.

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Indians play with colors during Holi festival celebrations in Jammu, India, Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

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An Indian Hindu widow smeared with colors sits and watches others playing during Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, 180 kilometres (112 miles) southeast of New Delhi, India, Monday, March 21, 2016. A few years ago this joyful celebration was forbidden for Hindu widows. Like hundreds of thousands of observant Hindu women they would have been expected to live out their days in quiet worship, dressed only in white, their very presence being considered inauspicious for all religious festivities.

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Boys pour colored water on another boy during Holi celebrations in Kolkata, India, on March 24.

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An Indian man get his face smeared with colors as he takes part in Holi celebrations in Chennai on March 24.

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Hindu devotees are sprayed with colors outside a temple during Holi celebrations in Ahmedabad, India, on March 23.

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A student celebrates Holi at a university campus in Chandigarh, India, on March 23.

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An Indian prays during the Holi Festival celebrations in Mumbai, in Vrindan, India, on March 24.