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.

Above: Two friends take a break from festivities to pose for the camera in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Mohammad Moniruzzaman, Smithsonian.com Photo Contest Archives)
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.)
A cloud of pink envelops worshipers at Barsana Temple in Barsana, Uttar Pradesh, India. (Sandipan Majumdar, Smithsonian.com Photo Contest Archives)
Tourists join in the festivities in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Teng Hin Khoo, Smithsonian.com Photo Contest Archives)
A girl sprays the photographer with colored water in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Farhana Haque, Smithsonian.com Photo Contest Archives)
A color-soaked man rests for a moment 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. (Photo by Shahnewaz Karim (Toronto, ON, Canada), March, 2012.)
Boys play in the color-soaked mud of Mathura City, India. (Sahil Lodha, Smithsonian.com Photo Contest Archives)
Locals show foreign tourists the customs of Holi in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. (Shivji Joshi, Smithsonian.com Photo Contest Archives)
A young girl takes a break from color spraying during the Holi festival in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Photo by Mohammad Moniruzzaman (Knoxville, TN), March, 2010.)

Beautiful Photos of Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors

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

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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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