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Holi celebrations in Pakistan

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.

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

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sudhir ojha Mar 17, 2014 01:36pm

Picture of the holi celebration is very beautiful.

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A.Sheikjh Mar 17, 2014 01:53pm

Wow! Its such a pleasure to see people having fun. I would love to celebrate this lovely festival. Just awesome.

P.S I'm a Muslim :P

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Divesh Kumar Mar 17, 2014 10:10pm

@A.Sheikjh: Nice to see your lovely comment muslim brother lots of regards from India

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Haroon rooha Mar 18, 2014 07:40am

Once upon a time the whole of,what is now Pakistan celebrated the idealogy of Live and let live.There was no exclusions, no hate for humans.No cruelity to animals.All did their own thing,no judgement no critcism was labeled all segments of society celebrated all holidays and festivles..Then came Hatred it creeped multiplied,and the resuls are pain and suffering.Hope fully the next generations will start thinking rationaly,

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uchak Mar 18, 2014 04:29pm

It is very sad to see that inspite of about 1000 years of them knowing about the true religion, these people still continue to follow pagan practises and invite the wrath of Allah. It is the allure of satan which lets them follow false religions and to follow such corrupt practises to look like demons.

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Kiran Mar 18, 2014 08:12pm

@uchak: This is the exact mentality which is bombing your muslim brothers and sisters in your own backyard

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Jahangir Mar 19, 2014 12:55am

@Kiran: i agree with you,

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a Mar 19, 2014 09:41am

Awesome pictures. I love my country Pakistan and people of all faith should live in Harmony.

From a sincere Pakistani muslim.

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vishal Mar 19, 2014 10:04am

@uchak wow what a lovely comment by you.I can now say that what I have heard about Pakistan is quite true

Thanks

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Shahid Khan Mar 19, 2014 09:08pm

Beautiful religion. Such celebration inherently has message of tolerance in it. You are letting others throw color at you and you are coloring others. This can only happen if you tolerate other person. Respect for Hindu religion!

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Satish Mar 20, 2014 02:19pm

As the news of burning of hindu temple at Larkana hurted us , it is amazing to see hindus celebrating holi at Lahore. Pakistanis must realize the feelings of hindus left in Pakistant.

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Piyush Mar 20, 2014 03:20pm

@Shahid Khan: Surprised to see such warm response from the fellow brothers. May the brotherhood prevail.

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Piyush Mar 20, 2014 03:22pm

This festival of colors is meant to forget all the enmity and start afresh with the new Basant season. It also marks to victory of good over evil. People celebrate, share sweets. Shouldn't be seen as a Hindu or anti-Muslim stuff.

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Khan Mar 20, 2014 05:26pm

@vishal: My bro see the comments from ?nd?ans on times of india when there is any news about Pakistan or even Muslims from ?ndia.. you will be able to read ?ndian mentality quite clearly........then talk about ours... ...thanks

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adnan ahmed Mar 20, 2014 08:04pm

Nice to see other religions openly celebrating like this in a country where idiots have tried to eliminate them. I'm a muslim, but would love to see a Pakistan where all religions are welcomed and thrive...helping Pakistan prosper.

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Seedoo Mar 20, 2014 08:05pm

People should be allowed to celebrate their cultures and religion in the manner they see fit. Religion should not have anything to do with the business of the state and in the eyes of the state all its citizens must be equal and should be afforded the same opportunity and their rights as guaranteed by the constitution be protected at all costs. Only then can a nation prosper.

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anil raj Mar 20, 2014 10:58pm

Holi is not a religious festival it's cultural festival. In India i play Holi with my Muslim friends also.

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