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Indian students play with coloured powders as they celebrate 'holi' or the 'festival of colours' during a special function in Kolkata on March 12, 2017. -AFP

Colours, water guns and contagious smiles: Holi spreads joy across Asia

The Hindu festival of Holi celebrates spring and the triumph of good over evil.
Updated Mar 13, 2017 03:07pm

Holi, the festival of colours, was celebrated in Hindu communities across South Asia on Sunday and Monday with the traditional festivities, which include throwing colourful paint, powder and water on revellers.

The event began on Sunday evening and will continue till nightfall on Monday.

The Hindu festival is a welcoming of spring and a celebration of the triumph of good over evil.

Pakistani Hindu children celebrate holi in Karachi on March 12.— AFP
Pakistani Hindu children celebrate holi in Karachi on March 12.— AFP

A Nepalese man with coloured powder on face dances during Holi festivities at the Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday.— AP
A Nepalese man with coloured powder on face dances during Holi festivities at the Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday.— AP

Indian Hindu devotees take part in celebrations for the Holi festival at a Temple in Siliguri on March 13. — AFP
Indian Hindu devotees take part in celebrations for the Holi festival at a Temple in Siliguri on March 13. — AFP

Women from the Pakistani Hindu community smear each others faces with colour to celebrate Holi at a temple in Lahore.— AP
Women from the Pakistani Hindu community smear each others faces with colour to celebrate Holi at a temple in Lahore.— AP

Indian youth play with colours during Holi celebrations in Chennai.— AFP
Indian youth play with colours during Holi celebrations in Chennai.— AFP

Indian revellers play with colours during celebrations for the Holi festival in Siliguri.— AFP
Indian revellers play with colours during celebrations for the Holi festival in Siliguri.— AFP

Pakistani youths pose with their faces covered with colour to celebrate Holi at a temple in Karachi.— AP
Pakistani youths pose with their faces covered with colour to celebrate Holi at a temple in Karachi.— AP

Indian youth play with colours during Holi celebrations in Chennai on March 12.— AFP
Indian youth play with colours during Holi celebrations in Chennai on March 12.— AFP

Men, whose faces are smeared with coloured powders, react as they celebrate Holi in Agartala, India March 13.— Reuters
Men, whose faces are smeared with coloured powders, react as they celebrate Holi in Agartala, India March 13.— Reuters

Indian students play with coloured powders as they celebrate Holi.— AFP
Indian students play with coloured powders as they celebrate Holi.— AFP

A girl prepares to apply coloured powder during celebration of Holi, in Kolkata, India, Sunday.— AP
A girl prepares to apply coloured powder during celebration of Holi, in Kolkata, India, Sunday.— AP

Indians dance on street and celebrate Holi in Kolkata, India.— AP
Indians dance on street and celebrate Holi in Kolkata, India.— AP

Indian children spray water during Holi celebrations in Jammu, Sunday, March 12.— AP
Indian children spray water during Holi celebrations in Jammu, Sunday, March 12.— AP

Indian youth play with colours during Holi celebrations in Chennai on March 12.— AFP
Indian youth play with colours during Holi celebrations in Chennai on March 12.— AFP