M en gleefully delve their hands deep into a bag of paint, preparing to pelt each other amidst the plumes of smoke and powdered chaos of the Holi festival celebrations in the Govind Dev Ji temple in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Holi is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated across India and Nepal. It is known as the ‘festival of colours’, and has gained reverence and imitation worldwide for Rangwali Holifor: a free-for-all carnival of colour in which people smear and drench one another in powdered paint.
Holi lasts one night and one day, beginning on Purnima, the evening of the full moon. It signifies the triumph of good over evil, the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
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