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17 Amazingly Bright Pictures Of Holi Celebrations

In India Holi aka the Festival of Colors is celebrated by throwing colored powder at each other.

Posted on March 28, 2013, at 2:26 a.m. ET

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Indian vendors sells colored powder called Gulal prior to the Holi festival in Siliguri.
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Indian vendors sells colored powder called Gulal prior to the Holi festival in Siliguri.

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The tradition of playing with colors on Holi draws its roots from a legend of Radha and the Hindu God Krishna. It is believed that young Krishna was jealous of Radha's fair complexion since he himself was himself very dark. After questioning his mother Yashoda on the darkness of his complexion, Yashoda, teasingly asked him to color Radha's face in which ever color he wanted. In a mischievous mood, Krishna applied color on Radha's face. The tradition of applying color on one's beloved is being religiously followed until today.

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Feet covered in red powder in a lane near the Bankey Bihari temple in India.
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Feet covered in red powder in a lane near the Bankey Bihari temple in India.

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Indian Hindu widows in dance in colored powder and flowers in Vrindavan, India.
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Indian Hindu widows in dance in colored powder and flowers in Vrindavan, India.

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Barsana, India.
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Barsana, India.

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Nundgaon, India.
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Nundgaon, India.

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Indian children dressed as Lord Krishna and Radha at a temple in Amritsar.
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Indian children dressed as Lord Krishna and Radha at a temple in Amritsar.

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Gauhati, India.
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Gauhati, India.

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Guwahati, India.
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Guwahati, India.

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Mumbai, India.
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Mumbai, India.

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Hyderabad, India.
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Hyderabad, India.

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Vrindavan, India.
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Vrindavan, India.

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Vrindavan, India.
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Vrindavan, India.

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Kolkata, India.
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Kolkata, India.

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New Delhi, India.
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New Delhi, India.

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Hyderabad, India.
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Hyderabad, India.

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Vrindavan, India.
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Vrindavan, India.

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