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PHOTOS: A riot of colours as India plays Holi

Last updated on: March 02, 2018 21:28 IST

Holi, the festival of colours, was on Friday celebrated across India with traditional fanfare and gaiety.

Revellers thronged thoroughfares smearing faces with coloured powder and children hurled water-filled balloons from rooftops to celebrate the festival of colours which heralds the advent of spring.


President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended Holi greetings to the people, praying for peace, joy and prosperity for everyone.

Here are some of the glimpses of this colourful festival.

A girl reacts as she is splashed with coloured water during Holi celebrations in Chennai. Photograph: P Ravikumar/Reuters 

"Holi hai!" rend the air as groups of revellers sing and dance to the accompaniment of drums. Photograph: Sahil Salvi  

Children played Holi in Guwahati. Photograph: Reba Bora

Artists dressed as Lord Krishna and Radha pose for a photograph as foreign tourists throw flower petals and coloured powder during Holi celebration at Kalakriti in Agra. Photograph: PTI Photo 

Foreigners too soaked in colours. Photograph: Kamal Singh/ PTI Photo

Border Security Force soldiers dance as they celebrate the Holi festival at BSF headquarters at Khasa, on the outskirts of Amritsar. Photograph: PTI Photo   

Not only dry colours, but people also use water to play Holi. Photograph: Sahil Salvi

Children fill their pichkaris (air pumps) with colored water to spray on each other. Photograph: Sahil Salvi 

People participate in 'Holika Dahan', on the eve of Holi festival in Mumbai. According to mythology, the festival celebrates the killing of Holika, the sister of Hrinyakashyapu. Photograph: Sahil Salvi 

Border Security Force soldiers celebrate Holi with Border Guard of Bangladesh soldiers at India-Bangladesh Akhaura border near Agartala. Photograph: Shailendra Bhojak/PTI Photo

A policeman uses a breath analyser on a driver for the presence of alcohol during the Holi celebrations. Photograph: Sahil Salvi 

Visually impaired students smeared with coloured powder plays holi at the Kamla Mehta Blind School in Mumbai. Photograph: Shashank Parade/PTI Photo 

Youths and children revelled in the streets, daubing friends and family members with colours. Photograph: Sahil Salvi  

Bura na mano Holi hai. (Don't feel bad, it's Holi) Photograph: Reba Bora 

People gather in large numbers at Fancy Bazar in Guwahati to celebrate Holi. Photograph: PTI Photo  

Revelers with their face smeared with gulal joyfully dance during the Holi celebrations in Bengaluru. Photograph: Shailendra Bhojak/PTI Photo

How can you celebrate any festival without a 'customary' selfie. Photograph: Sahil Salvi