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A photo gallery of Holi, India's remarkable festival of colours

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A girl is drenched with coloured water as part of Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad March 27, 2013. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India.

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Indian Hindu widows throw flowers as part of Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, March 27, 2013.

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An Indian Hindu widows covers her face as colored powder is thrown in the air during Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, March 27, 2013. The widows, many of whom at times have lived desperate lives in the streets of the temple town, celebrated the festival for the first time at the century old ashram.

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Indian Hindu widows in costume dance in a shower of colored powder and flowers as part of Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, March 27, 2013.

Kevin Frayer/AP

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An Indian Hindu widow throws red colored powder on two others as they dance as part of Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, March 27, 2013.

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Three men who have been smeared in coloured powder and water pose for a picture during Holi celebrations in a lane near the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 27, 2013.

Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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An Indian boy smeared with color play with color fountain during "Holi," the Indian festival of colors in New Delhi, India, March 27, 2013. Holi celebrates the arrival of spring across India.

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The feet of a man covered in red coloured powder are pictured during Holi celebrations in a lane near the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 27, 2013.

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Two men who have been smeared in coloured powder and water pose for a picture during Holi celebrations in a lane near the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 27, 2013.

Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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Indian youth smear color on each other's faces during Holi festival celebrations in Jammu, India, March 27, 2013. Holi, the festival of colors celebrates the arrival of spring among other things.

Channi Anand/AP

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Indian youth with colors smeared on their faces react to the camera during Holi festival celebrations in Jammu, India, March 27, 2013. Holi, the festival of colors celebrates the arrival of spring among other things.

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