In pictures: the world celebrates the Holi festival of colours
Vibrant pictures from the past week have been shared by photographers that show delighted people all over the world celebrating the traditional Holi festival of colour, which famously sees revellers throwing brightly coloured powder at each other.
The traditional Hindu festival of Holi is held each year to celebrate the beginning of spring, signifying the victory of good over evil. While the festival has roots in India and Nepal, it has become widely celebrated all over the world, with major events being held this year in Chicago, Bangladesh, The Philippines, Trinidad, New York and the United Kingdom.
Yesterday marked Holika Dahan, the official start of celebrations that sees people gathering around bonfires for a cleansing ritual, with a free-for-all carnival of colours taking place the following morning. Crowds take to the streets for a colour fight that sees them rubbing bright powder on each other, as well as drenching each other with water guns and water balloons.
The main colours used throughout the festival are red, which represents love and fertility, yellow, the colour of turmeric, green, symbolising spring and blue which is the colour of Krishna.
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