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April 1, 2013

Holi celebrations 2013

The Hindu festival of Holi celebrates the beginning of spring. As a festival of colors that marks events in Hindu mythology, it provides photographers with a visual feast. Holi falls on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna, which was on March 27 this year. It is a joyous ritual when intense colors, light, emotion, and energy combine in a surreal vision of spirituality. Enjoy! -Leanne Burden Seidel (36 photos total)

Boys spray colored foam during Holi celebrations at a lane near the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 26, 2013. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)

Indian villagers from Nandgaon wait for the arrival of villagers from Barsana to play Lathmar Holi at the Nandagram temple famous for Lord Krishna and his brother Balram, in Nandgaon, India, March 22, 2013. ( Manish Swarup/Associated Press) #

An Indian woman drops powdered color and flower petals from her hand as she plays Holi during Holi festivities at a temple in Amritsar, India, 26 March 2013. (Raminder Pal Singh/EPA)#

Hindu devotees celebrate during Holi with colored powers at the Banke Bihari temple on March 26, 2013 in Vrindavan, India. ( Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)#

Indian students decorate the venu before dance as they celebrate the Holi festival in Barshul village 80km north of Calcutta, India, 27 March 2013. ( Piyal Adhikary/EPA)#

A Hindu priest throws colored powder on devotees inside Banke Bihari temple during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, March 25, 2013. ( Altaf Qadri/ Associated Press) #

Two Hindu devotees pose for a picture during Holi celebrations near the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India, March 26, 2013. 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 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. (Vivek Prakash/Reuters)#

An Indian widow dressed as a consort of Lord Krishna walks as others throw flowers at an event organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India on March 24, 2013. The widows, many of whom at times have lived desperate lives in the streets of the temple town, celebrated Holi for the first time at the century old ashram. The women were banished by their families after their husband's deaths to the town where devotees believe Lord Krishna was born, for supposedly bringing bad luck. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

People gather around the bonfire to offer prayers as they celebrate Holika Dahan on March 26, 2013 in Singapore. Holika Dahan, or burning of demon Holika, is celebrated the night before the Holi festival and is said to commemorate the escape of Prahlad (devotee of god Vishnu) from being burned when carried by Demoness Holika into fire. The bonfire epitomizes the victory of good over evil. (Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)#

Indian vendors sell colored powder known as 'Gulal' prior to the 'Holi' festival in Siliguri on March 26, 2013. (Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty) #

Young people take part in Holi celebrations at the Maiti Nepal rehabilitation home and orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal, March 26, 2013. (Narendra Shrestha/EPA) #

A man waits with a bucket full of colored water before throwing it at a passing Hindu woman in a small alleyway during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, March 26, 2013. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press) #

Indian Hindu devotees smeared with colors sing at the Nandagram temple, Lathmar holy festival, in Nandgaon, India, March 22, 2013.(Manish Swarup/Associated Press) #

A woman with colored hair celebrates holi, the Festival of Colors, in Kathmandu March 26, 2013.(Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters) #

Indian devotees raise their hands as colored water is sprayed on them by a Hindu priest during a Holi celebration at the Swaminarayan temple in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (Ajit Solanki/Associated Press)#

An Indian child reacts as colored powder is smeared on her hair during Holi festival in Chennai, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013.(Arun Sankar K/Associated Press) #

People gather around the bonfire to offer prayers as they celebrate Holika Dahan on March 26, 2013 in Singapore. Holika Dahan, or burning of demon Holika, is celebrated the night before the Holi festival and is said to commemorate the escape of Prahlad, a devotee of god Vishnu, from being burned when carried by Demoness Holika into a fire. The bonfire is said to epitomize the victory of good over evil. ( Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images) #

A boy smeared with colors reacts as another boy pours water on him during Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai, March 27, 2013. (Rupak De Chowdhuri/ Reuters) #

Hindu devotees play with color during Holi celebrations at the Banke Bihari temple on March 27, 2013 in Vrindavan, India. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)#

Physically disabled children react to the camera as they play with colored powder during Holi festival celebrations in Mumbai, India, March 26, 2013. ( Rajanish Kakade/Associated Press)#

A Hindu devotee kneels down for prayers amid colors thrown inside Banke Bihari temple during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, March 25, 2013. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press) #

cA student reacts after colored powder was thrown on him by another student during celebrations of Holi, outside their school in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad March 26, 2013. (Amit Dave/Reuters) #

Villagers watch a fire ritual before dawn from rooftops during Holi festival in Phalen village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, March 27, 2013. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)#

An Indian devotee rests his forehead in an act of respect on the wall of the Banke Bihari temple during Holi celebrations in Vrindavan, India, March 27, 2013. (Altaf Qadri /Associated Press)#

Students from the Fine Art Institute of the University of Dhaka put colored powder on each other's faces during Holi celebrations in Dhaka, March 28, 2013. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters) #

Hindu devotees throw colored powder on each other inside Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India, March 25, 2013. (Altaf Qadri/ Associated Press) #

Women tear a shirt off a man during "Huranga" at Dauji temple, near Mathura, India, March 28, 2013. "Huranga" is a game played between men and women a day after Holi, during which men drench women with liquid colors and women tear the clothes off men. (Ahmad Masood/ Reuters)#

Women cover their faces during the game "Huranga", as part of tradition, at Dauji temple, near Mathura, India on March 28, 2013. (Ahmad Masood/ Reuters) #

A man flings a pail of orange colored water towards a group of women during "Huranga" at the Dauji temple in Mathura, India, March 28, 2013. (Vivek Prakash/Reuters)e #

Indian children dressed as Lord Krishna (L) and Radha play with colored powder during a Holi celebration at a temple in Amritsar on March 26, 2013. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images) #

Pakistani Hindu women dance during Holi celebrations in Karachi on March 26, 2013. (Asif HassanAFP/Getty Images) #

A man's face is smeared with colored powder during Holi festival in Gauhati, India, March 27, 2013. (Anupam Nath/Associated Press)#

A Hindu devotee rests his head on a parapet as he prays inside Banke Bihari temple during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, March 25, 2013. (Altaf Qadri/ Associated Press)#

An Indian Hindu man works in a community kitchen as they prepare food for devotees during Holi at the Dauji Temple in Dauji, India, March 28, 2013. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)#

A young Hindu devotee sits covered in colored dye at the Banke Bihari temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, March 26, 2013. (Kevin Frayer/Assoicated Press) #

A traditional dancer lays on the ground after spinning until she passed out while entertaining widows during Holi celebrations, at an event organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press) #


 
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