In Pics: Holi Celebrated From Across the Border to Vrindavan

Holi, a festival celebrated with the onset of spring, brings together people as they play with colours, distribute sweets and dance together.

Hindus, in India and Nepal, mark the start of Holi on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February or March), while the day is celebrated with people throwing coloured powder and coloured water at each other.

Over the years, Holi has become more and more popular among non-Hindus as well. Let us take you through some of the celebrations of this year.

Children spray water during Holi celebrations in Jammu on Sunday. (Photo: AP)

Holika Dahan

Ushering in the festival of colours that symbolizes the victory of good over evil, men and women, often dressed in traditional attire, offer prayers and take part in Holika Dahan in large numbers.

Indians dance around a bonfire, which signifies the victory of good over evil, during Holi festival celebrations in Allahabad, India, on Sunday, 12 March 2017. (Photo: AP)
Locals, including Hindu widows, throw flower petals and colored powder during the religious arrival of the spring festival Holi at the Gopinath temple in Vrindavan. (Photo: AP)
A girl reacts as she is stopped from throwing a bottle of color water on others during Holi celebrations in Gauhati. (Photo: AP)
Students, with their faces smeared with colored powder, celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, at Rabindra Bharati University campus in Kolkata. (Photo: AP)
A group of resting Hindu widows, who were once forbidden to participate, covered in colored powder during the religious arrival of spring festival called Holi at the Gopinath temple in Vrindavan. (Photo: AP)

Holi Celebrated in Pakistan

Women from the Pakistani Hindu community smear each others faces with color to celebrate Holi. (Photo: AP)
A man brings colors in plastic bags during Holi celebrations in Gauhati. (Photo: AP)

Foreigners Also Take Part in Holi Celebrations

Foreign tourists and Indian children play with colours as they celebrate Holi in Kolkata. (Photo: AP)
Indians dance on street and celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors in Kolkata, India on Sunday. (Photo: AP)