Holi 2016: The festival of colour celebrated around India

Holi, also known as the festival of colours, is a multi-day celebration held around the first full moon of spring. Here's what it looked like across India.

The Hindu spring festival culminates on March 24 this year

The Holi festival, and its iconic coloured powder, heralds the coming of spring and is traditionally held around the first full moon of the season. This year's celebration culminates on Thursday.

From Bangalore to Jammu, colourful street parties are underway.

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The holiday is celebrated mainly in India and Nepal…

This celebration went down in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad on Wednesday.  

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…and marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. 

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Widows normally abstain from celebrations.

Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows, like these women abandoned by their families, are expected to renounce earthly pleasure, but in the north Indian temple town of Vrindavan, an exception is made for Holi. 

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In Pakistan, Holi is celebrated with bonfires. 

Members of the Pakistani Hindu community gathered around a big fire set on the premises of the Shri Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple, in Karachi, on Wednesday.

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Holi is popular with tourists and locals alike.

A woman visiting Nepal gets in on the Holi powder action during a street party in Kathmandu on Tuesday. 

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Prince Harry joined the party in Nepal.

Prince Harry, who is on a five-day trip to Nepal, took part in Holi celebrations at the Gauda Secondary School in Okhari.

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Holi is celebrated in cities big and small. 

In the densely populated port city of Mumbai, these disabled children got in on the colourful celebrations on Wednesday.

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Cleanup in Calcutta.

Revellers wash off in the streets of Calcutta on Monday. Celebrations of the multi-day festival picked up again the following day. 

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