The colours of Holi herald the beginning of spring in India

Hindus across India this week have celebrated the festival of Holi, which marks the beginning of spring, with an explosion of colours, chanting of devotional songs and prayer amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • A man daubed in colours looks on during Holi celebrations in Ahmedabad, India, March 29. Reuters

    A man daubed in colours looks on during Holi celebrations in Ahmedabad, India, March 29. Reuters

  • A woman reacts as powder is applied to her face on during Holi celebrations in Ahmedabad, India, March 29. Reuters

    A woman reacts as powder is applied to her face on during Holi celebrations in Ahmedabad, India, March 29. Reuters

  • A woman daubed in colours reacts as powder is thrown towards her during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, March 29. Reuters

    A woman daubed in colours reacts as powder is thrown towards her during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, March 29. Reuters

  • A man wearing a protective face mask reacts as colour powder is thrown towards him during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, March 29. Reuters

    A man wearing a protective face mask reacts as colour powder is thrown towards him during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, March 29. Reuters

  • Men throw coloured powder at each other during Lathmar Holi celebrations in the town of Nandgaon, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, March 24. Reuters

    Men throw coloured powder at each other during Lathmar Holi celebrations in the town of Nandgaon, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, March 24. Reuters

  • Children react as they are splashed with coloured water during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, March 29. Reuters

    Children react as they are splashed with coloured water during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, March 29. Reuters

  • A woman reacts as colour powder is thrown towards her during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, March 29. Reuters

    A woman reacts as colour powder is thrown towards her during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, March 29. Reuters

  • A man wearing a protective face mask daubed in looks on during Holi celebrations in Mumbai, India. Reuters

    A man wearing a protective face mask daubed in looks on during Holi celebrations in Mumbai, India. Reuters

  • Men daubed in colours throw coloured powder at each other during Lathmar Holi celebrations in the town of Nandgaon, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, March 24. Reuters

    Men daubed in colours throw coloured powder at each other during Lathmar Holi celebrations in the town of Nandgaon, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, March 24. Reuters

  • Boys apply powder on each other during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, March 29. Reuters

    Boys apply powder on each other during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, March 29. Reuters

  • Women wearing protective suits react as coloured powder is applied on their faces during Holi celebrations in Kolkata, India, March 29. Reuters

    Women wearing protective suits react as coloured powder is applied on their faces during Holi celebrations in Kolkata, India, March 29. Reuters

  • A woman smeared with coloured powder shakes her head to remove it during Holi celebrations in Mumbai, India, March 29. Reuters

    A woman smeared with coloured powder shakes her head to remove it during Holi celebrations in Mumbai, India, March 29. Reuters

  • A face mask lies on a road covered with powder during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, March 29. Reuters

    A face mask lies on a road covered with powder during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India, March 29. Reuters

  • Hindu devotees walk around a bonfire during a ritual known as

    Hindu devotees walk around a bonfire during a ritual known as "Holika Dahan" which is part of the Holi festival celebrations in Ahmedabad, India, March 28. Reuters

  • People watch Lathmar Holi celebrations in the town of Nandgaon, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, March 24. Reuters

    People watch Lathmar Holi celebrations in the town of Nandgaon, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, March 24. Reuters

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