India's colorful Holi festival

PHOTO: Students with their faces smeared in colored powder dance as they celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi, heralding Spring, at a university campus in Chandigarh, India on March 1, 2018.Ajay Verma/Reuters
Students with their faces smeared in colored powder dance as they celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi, heralding Spring, at a university campus in Chandigarh, India on March 1, 2018.

Riotous, vibrant color envelopes India when Hindus celebrate the end of winter and the arrival of spring with the annual festival of Holi. Also known as the festival of colors, it is a time to let go of certain social norms by wearing all-white clothes to dance and douse friends, family and strangers in colored powders or water of deep hues of magenta, blue, green, yellow or orange. Holi has its roots in stories from Indian mythology. Though the official date this year is March 2, different parts of the country celebrate the day before then or over several days.

PHOTO: A color smoke candle fill the air as a procession of the Hindi god lord Krishnas chariot moves through a street during Holi in Kolkata, India on Feb. 28, 2018. Bikas Das/AP
A color smoke candle fill the air as a procession of the Hindi god lord Krishna's chariot moves through a street during Holi in Kolkata, India on Feb. 28, 2018.
PHOTO: The tradition of throwing colored powder and water is believed to originate from the mythological love story of Radha and Krishna. A woman smeared with colored powder shakes her head during Holi celebrations in Mumbai, India on March 2, 2018. Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters
The tradition of throwing colored powder and water is believed to originate from the mythological love story of Radha and Krishna. A woman smeared with colored powder shakes her head during Holi celebrations in Mumbai, India on March 2, 2018.
PHOTO: Hindu men from the villages of Nandgaon and Barsana celebrate the Lathmar Holi festival at the Radha Rani temple in Barsana village, Mathura, India, Feb. 24, 2018. Rajat Gupta/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock
Hindu men from the villages of Nandgaon and Barsana celebrate the Lathmar Holi festival at the Radha Rani temple in Barsana village, Mathura, India, Feb. 24, 2018.
PHOTO: Widows covered in colors dance during Holi celebrations in the town of Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, Feb. 27, 2018. Adnan Abidi/Reuters
Widows covered in colors dance during Holi celebrations in the town of Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, Feb. 27, 2018.
PHOTO: Colored water is poured on a boy during Holi celebrations in Kolkata, India on March 2, 2018. Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
Colored water is poured on a boy during Holi celebrations in Kolkata, India on March 2, 2018.
PHOTO: Indian and foreign tourists take part in the kapda phaar or cloth tearing during Holi celebrations in Pushkar, in the Indian state of Rajasthan on March 2, 2018. Shaukat Ahmed/AFP/Getty Images
Indian and foreign tourists take part in the "kapda phaar" or cloth tearing during Holi celebrations in Pushkar, in the Indian state of Rajasthan on March 2, 2018.
PHOTO: Tribal students from the Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS), dressed as Lord Krishna and Radha, face a rain of petals during Holi celebrations in the city of Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India on March 1, 2018. AFP/Getty Images
Tribal students from the Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS), dressed as Lord Krishna and Radha, face a rain of petals during Holi celebrations in the city of Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India on March 1, 2018.
PHOTO: Hindu devotees take part in Holi festivities inside a temple in Nandgaon village, in Uttar Pradesh, India on Feb. 25, 2018. Adnan Abidi/Reuters
Hindu devotees take part in Holi festivities inside a temple in Nandgaon village, in Uttar Pradesh, India on Feb. 25, 2018.
PHOTO: Students smear colored powder on each other for Holi in Kolkata, India on Feb. 26, 2018.
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Students smear colored powder on each other for Holi in Kolkata, India on Feb. 26, 2018.