Above: Two friends take a break from festivities to pose for the camera in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Photo by Mohammad Moniruzzaman (Knoxville, TN), March, 2011.)
Festival-goers dance beneath a shower of yellow powder during the annual celebration of Holi in Mathura, India. (Photo by Teng Hin Khoo (Shah Alam, Malaysia), March, 2012.)
A crowd celebrates beneath a cloud of color in Mathura, India. (Photo by Sucheta Das (Kolkata, India), March, 2012.)
Worshipers at Barsana Temple in Barsana, Uttar Pradesh, India during the Holi festival. (Photo by Sandipan Majumdar (Kolkata, India), March, 2011.)
Tourists joining in the festivities in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Teng Hin Khoo (Shah Alam, Malaysia), March, 2012.)
A girl sprays the photographer with colored water in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Photo by Farhana Haque (Toronto, ON, Canada), March, 2012.)
A color-soaked man rests for a moments during the festivities in Mathura, India. (Photo by Sucheta Das (Kolkata, India), March, 2012.)
A child armed with an air pump filled with colored water gets ready to spray passersby on the streets of Old Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Shahnewaz Karim, Smithsonian.com Photo Contest Archives)
Two friends play in the color-soaked mud in Mathura City, India. (Photo by Sahil Lodha (London, United Kingdom), March, 2012.)
Locals showing foreign tourists the customs of Holi in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. (Photo and Caption by Shivji Joshi (Jodhpur, India, March, 2011))
A young girl takes a break from color spraying during the Holi festival in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Mohammad Moniruzzaman, Smithsonian.com Photo Contest Archives)

Beautiful Photos of Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors

Photo contest submissions capture the eye-popping colors of the annual celebration

A colorful and dynamic festival, the annual celebration of Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is celebrated by Hindus in India and throughout the world. Revelers cover each other in colored powder and water to celebrate the beginning of spring and to commemorate various Hindu legends.

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