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From Holi celebrations in India to Old Havana, Cuba: around the world in 9 images

Today’s images from around the world feature Holi celebrations in India, President Obama’s visit to Havana, cherry blossoms in Tokyo and more.

An Indian Hindu widow lies on a bed of flower petals during Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south-east of New Delhi, India Monday, March 21, 2016. A few years ago this joyful celebration was forbidden for Hindu widows. Like hundreds of thousands of observant Hindu women they would have been expected to live out their days in quiet worship, dressed only in white, their very presence being considered inauspicious for all religious festivities.
Image by AP Photo /Manish Swarup

An Indian Hindu widow lies on a bed of flower petals during Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south-east of New Delhi, India Monday, 21 March. A few years ago this joyful celebration was forbidden for Hindu widows. Like hundreds of thousands of observant Hindu women they would have been expected to live out their days in quiet worship, dressed only in white, their very presence being considered inauspicious for all religious festivities.

Indian Hindu widows throw flower petals and colored powder during Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south-east of New Delhi, India Monday, March 21, 2016. A few years ago this joyful celebration was forbidden for Hindu widows. Like hundreds of thousands of observant Hindu women they would have been expected to live out their days in quiet worship, dressed only in white, their very presence being considered inauspicious for all religious festivities.
Image by AP Photo /Manish Swarup

Indian Hindu widows throw flower petals and colored powder during Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south-east of New Delhi, India Monday, 21 March.

Leilani Gordon, Troy Hood and Darcy Dennis get to meet the Star Wars droid BB-8, which is the newest addition to the Madame Tussauds wax figures Star Wars group, going on show this coming Friday at Madame Tussauds in London.
Image by John Stillwell/PA Wire

Leilani Gordon, Troy Hood and Darcy Dennis get to meet the Star Wars droid BB-8, which is the newest addition to the Madame Tussauds wax figures Star Wars group, going on show this coming Friday at Madame Tussauds in London.

A man makes his way before the first stage of the world kite boarding championship begins in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of el-Gouna, Monday, March 21, 2016. Competition for the world kiteboarding championship has kicked off in el-Gouna, with 65 contestants from 26 countries shooting across the water and twirling through the air in hopes of winning 50,000 euros ($56,000) in prizes.
Image by AP Photo/Brian Rohan

A man makes his way before the first stage of the world kite boarding championship begins in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of el-Gouna, Monday, 21 March. Competition for the world kiteboarding championship has kicked off in el-Gouna, with 65 contestants from 26 countries shooting across the water and twirling through the air in hopes of winning 50,000 euros ($56,000) in prizes.

Cherry trees have begun to bloom in Tokyo five days earlier than in an average year and two days earlier than last year, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, which confirmed Monday morning that a somei-yoshino “sample tree” at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, in Tokyo, Monday, March 21, 2016.
Image by AP Photo/Koji Sasahara

Cherry trees have begun to bloom in Tokyo five days earlier than in an average year and two days earlier than last year, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, which confirmed Monday morning that a somei-yoshino “sample tree” at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, in Tokyo, Monday, 21 March.

Local Cubans watch from their homes as the motorcade of U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in a section of Old Havana, Sunday, March 20, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Obama became the first U.S. president to visit the island in nearly 90 years.
Image by AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Local Cubans watch from their homes as the motorcade of U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in a section of Old Havana, Sunday, 20 March in Havana, Cuba. Obama became the first U.S. president to visit the island in nearly 90 years.

An elephant with a message to Prince Harry at the Bardia National Park, Nepal.
Image by Ben Birchall/PA Wire

An elephant with a message to Prince Harry at the Bardia National Park, Nepal.

Believers prepare the scene 'Crucifixion' during the Palm Sunday Procession in the old town in Heiligenstadt, Germany, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Thousands of believers from the region and all over Germany attend the procession when participants carry life-size figures showing the Passion of Christ.
Image by AP Photo/Jens Meyer

Believers prepare the scene ‘Crucifixion’ during the Palm Sunday Procession in the old town in Heiligenstadt, Germany, Sunday, 20 March. Thousands of believers from the region and all over Germany attend the procession when participants carry life-size figures showing the Passion of Christ.

A landmark of Glasgow, the Clyde Arc Bridge, is reflected in the unusually still waters of the River Clyde, Glasgow.
Image by Jane Barlow/PA Wire

A landmark of Glasgow, the Clyde Arc Bridge, is reflected in the unusually still waters of the River Clyde, Glasgow.