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.

INDIA HOLI FESTIVAL 2016 Bangalore March 23

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India Holi Festival Jammu March 23 2016

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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.  

Holi 2016 Ahmedabad street celebrations March 23

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

India Holi Festival 2016 Ahmadabad March 23

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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. 

Holi 2016 Vrindavan widows Uttar Pradesh March 21

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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.

Holi 2016 PAKISTANI Hindus have a bonfire March 23

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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. 

HOLI FESTIVAL 2016 March 22 Kathmandu Nepal

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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.

Holi 2016 Prince Harry in Nepal March 22

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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.

Holi 2016 Hindu colour festival Mumbai March 23

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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. 

Holi 2016 Calcutta marks beginning of spring

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