Holi celebrations in Pakistan

Published March 17, 2014
Pakistani Hindus paint each other's faces with coloured powder as they take part in celebrations for the Holi festival in Lahore, March 16, 2014.  — Photo by AFP
Pakistani Hindus paint each other's faces with coloured powder as they take part in celebrations for the Holi festival in Lahore, March 16, 2014. — Photo by AFP
A Pakistani Hindu covered with coloured powder is sprayed with coloured water during celebrations for the Holi festival in Lahore, March 16, 2014.  — Photo by AFP
A Pakistani Hindu covered with coloured powder is sprayed with coloured water during celebrations for the Holi festival in Lahore, March 16, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Pakistani Hindus covered with coloured powder greet each other as they take part in celebrations for the Holi festival in Lahore, March 16, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Pakistani Hindus covered with coloured powder greet each other as they take part in celebrations for the Holi festival in Lahore, March 16, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Young Pakistani street vendors sell coloured powder or "gulal" on the eve of the Hindu festival of Holi in Karachi, March 15, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Young Pakistani street vendors sell coloured powder or "gulal" on the eve of the Hindu festival of Holi in Karachi, March 15, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Pakistani Hindus throw coloured water and powder as they take part in celebrations for the Holi festival in Lahore, March 16, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Pakistani Hindus throw coloured water and powder as they take part in celebrations for the Holi festival in Lahore, March 16, 2014. — Photo by AFP
A Pakistani Hindu covered with coloured powder looks on during celebrations for the Holi festival in Lahore, March 16, 2014. — Photo by AFP
A Pakistani Hindu covered with coloured powder looks on during celebrations for the Holi festival in Lahore, March 16, 2014. — Photo by AFP
A vendor displaying the different colours for Holi celebrations in Hyderabad.  — Photo by APP
A vendor displaying the different colours for Holi celebrations in Hyderabad. — Photo by APP
Hindu women pray during the festival of Holi. — Photo by Sara Farid
Hindu women pray during the festival of Holi. — Photo by Sara Farid
Prayer led by Pundit Channa Lal at Balmiki Temple in Rawalpindi.    — Photo by Sara Farid
Prayer led by Pundit Channa Lal at Balmiki Temple in Rawalpindi. — Photo by Sara Farid
A  Hindu girl gets ready at her house for the Holi celebrations taking place at Balmiki Temple in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.  — Photo by Sara Farid
A Hindu girl gets ready at her house for the Holi celebrations taking place at Balmiki Temple in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. — Photo by Sara Farid
Hindu women pray during the festival of Holi. — Photo by Sara Farid
Hindu women pray during the festival of Holi. — Photo by Sara Farid
Young men join the festivity of Holi and throw color at each other.   — Photo by Sara Farid
Young men join the festivity of Holi and throw color at each other. — Photo by Sara Farid
Two yound girls joyfully place an oil lamp outside the temple as part of the Holi celebrations in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.  — Photo by Sara Farid
Two yound girls joyfully place an oil lamp outside the temple as part of the Holi celebrations in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. — Photo by Sara Farid
Pundit Channa Lal gets his forehead marked with red color as a ritual before starting the special prayer to celebrate the festival of Holi at Balmiki Temple in Rawalpindi.  — Photo by Sara Farid
Pundit Channa Lal gets his forehead marked with red color as a ritual before starting the special prayer to celebrate the festival of Holi at Balmiki Temple in Rawalpindi. — Photo by Sara Farid
A plate filled with colored powder to paint each other in bright colors of Holi Festival.   — Photo by Sara Farid
A plate filled with colored powder to paint each other in bright colors of Holi Festival. — Photo by Sara Farid
A vendor displaying the different colours for  celebration of Holi festival in Hyderabad. — Photo by APP
A vendor displaying the different colours for celebration of Holi festival in Hyderabad. — Photo by APP

Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in Pakistan at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month.

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