1. Holi, the “Festival of Colours”, is an ancient Hindu celebration.
This year it is being held on March 17.
2. Lathmar Holi, which is traditionally observed a week before the main Holi festival, was recently celebrated in colourful style in two villages in northern India.
3. Thousands of people gathered in Barsana and Nandgaon to throw powder at each other to mark the start of spring.
4. According to Hindu tradition, after the powder is thrown, men from Barsana head to a temple where they are soaked in coloured water by the men from Nandgaon, said to be the god Lord Krishna’s village.
5. It looks great fun.
6. Everyone looks like they had a great time.
7. Well almost everyone.
8. After the men are soaked in water, the woman also ‘beat’ them with bamboo sticks.
9. The Holi festival is now popular across the world, with non-Hindus taking part in huge powder-throwing celebrations.
10. The perfect way to celebrate the end of winter.
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