Celebrate Spring with 11 Colorful Photos from India's Holi Festival

Pictures of India's Holi, or Festival of Colors
Indian women smear colors on their faces as they celebrate "Holi," a festival of colors, in Allahabad, India
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updated 03/20/2014 AT 01:10 PM EDT

originally published 03/20/2014 AT 09:00 AM EDT

India's Holi Festival took place this week. It's an annual celebration that heralds the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil, marked by throwing, smearing, playing with and generally having fun with a lot of colors. There's a lot of dancing and singing as well.

Here are some of our favorite pictures from the festival.

Holi celebrants play with colored powder at Goga temple in Jaipur.

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A man is splashed with colored water during Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai.

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The Holi festival celebrations at a temple in Calcutta, the capital of the eastern Indian state West Bengal.

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A girl and her father dance in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati.

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Devotees dance at the Nandagram Temple in Nandgaon.

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A woman in Mumbai is adorned with colors for Holi.

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Holi celebrants sing at the Nandagram temple in Nandgaon.

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A university student celebrates Holi in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Holi celebrants dance as they arrive at the Nandagram Temple, devoted to Lord Krishna, in Nandgaon.

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Hindu men from Nandgaon throw colored powder at the Radha temple in Barsana.

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