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    Posted on Mar 11, 2014

    This Is How You Celebrate The End Of Winter

    Thousands of people took part in the Lathmar Holi celebrations.

    Holi, the "Festival of Colours", is an ancient Hindu celebration.

    Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

    This year it is being held on March 17.

    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.

    Adnan Abidi / Reuters

    Thousands of people gathered in Barsana and Nandgaon to throw powder at each other to mark the start of spring.

    AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

    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.

    Adnan Abidi / Reuters

    It looks great fun.

    Adnan Abidi / Reuters

    Everyone looks like they had a great time.

    AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

    Well almost everyone.

    Adnan Abidi / Reuters

    After the men are soaked in water, the woman also 'beat' them with bamboo sticks.

    Adnan Abidi / Reuters

    The Holi festival is now popular across the world, with non-Hindus taking part in huge powder-throwing celebrations.

    Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

    The perfect way to celebrate the end of winter.

    Adnan Abidi / Reuters

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