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.
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.