March 29, 2013 AT 2:10 pm

Holi 2013: The Festival of Colors

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Holi 2013: The Festival of Colors – In Focus – The Atlantic.

This week Hindus around the world celebrated Holi, the Festival of Colors. Holi is a popular springtime celebration observed on the last full moon of the lunar month. Participants traditionally throw bright, vibrant powders at friends and strangers alike as they celebrate the arrival of spring, commemorate Krishna’s pranks, and allow each other a momentary freedom — a chance to drop their inhibitions and simply play and dance. Gathered here are images of this year’s Holi festival from across India.

Gorgeous photos.

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