Millions of Indians take to the streets to throw powder at each other to mark the start of spring

Millions of people across India took to the streets to douse other people in coloured powder for the annual Holi celebrations. 

Revellers in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh were seen partying in temples and throwing powder- or ‘gulal’- over one another.

The Hindu festival is one of the largest celebrations across India, which commemorates the start of spring and the end of winter.

People inside temples in Mathura, northern India, were covered in fluorescent coloured powders to celebrate the occasion, while others in villages around the state of Uttar Pradesh were seen dancing and partying.

These amazing images capture people marking the joyous occasion by partying and having fun.

People inside the Bankey Bihari Temple of Vrindavan near the city of Mathura, in the state of Uttar Pradesh are seen covered in fluorescent coloured powders to celebrate the occasion

People inside the Bankey Bihari Temple of Vrindavan near the city of Mathura, in the state of Uttar Pradesh are seen covered in fluorescent coloured powders to celebrate the occasion

People inside the Bankey Bihari Temple of Vrindavan near the city of Mathura, in the state of Uttar Pradesh are seen covered in fluorescent coloured powders to celebrate the occasion

People are seen playing with the colourful powders at a temple in the state of Uttar Pradesh during the festival. The Hindu spring festival is one of the largest celebrations across India, which commemorates the start of spring and the end of winter

People are seen playing with the colourful powders at a temple in the state of Uttar Pradesh during the festival. The Hindu spring festival is one of the largest celebrations across India, which commemorates the start of spring and the end of winter

People are seen playing with the colourful powders at a temple in the state of Uttar Pradesh during the festival. The Hindu spring festival is one of the largest celebrations across India, which commemorates the start of spring and the end of winter

Indian women in the state also beat their husbands with sticks in the nearby village of Barsana. The Lathamar Holi tradition usually takes place a few days before the event

Indian women in the state also beat their husbands with sticks in the nearby village of Barsana. The Lathamar Holi tradition usually takes place a few days before the event

Indian women in the state also beat their husbands with sticks in the nearby village of Barsana. The Lathamar Holi tradition usually takes place a few days before the event

People are seen partying and dancing during the festivities in the village of Nandgaon. The powder thrown is called 'gulal' and can be bought from street sellers

People are seen partying and dancing during the festivities in the village of Nandgaon. The powder thrown is called 'gulal' and can be bought from street sellers

People are seen partying and dancing during the festivities in the village of Nandgaon. The powder thrown is called ‘gulal’ and can be bought from street sellers

Revellers in the Nandgaon village are pictured together as gulal powder is seen flying through the air. The festival is also a celebration of good harvests

Revellers in the Nandgaon village are pictured together as gulal powder is seen flying through the air. The festival is also a celebration of good harvests

Revellers in the Nandgaon village are pictured together as gulal powder is seen flying through the air. The festival is also a celebration of good harvests

Men daubed in orange join in the Lathmar Holi celebration in the town of Barsana. These amazing images capture people marking the joyous occasion by having fun

Men daubed in orange join in the Lathmar Holi celebration in the town of Barsana. These amazing images capture people marking the joyous occasion by having fun

Men daubed in orange join in the Lathmar Holi celebration in the town of Barsana. These amazing images capture people marking the joyous occasion by having fun

One street seller is pictured with a variety of powders to sell to others during the festival. Millions of people across India took to the streets to douse other people in coloured powder for the annual Holi celebrations

One street seller is pictured with a variety of powders to sell to others during the festival. Millions of people across India took to the streets to douse other people in coloured powder for the annual Holi celebrations

One street seller is pictured with a variety of powders to sell to others during the festival. Millions of people across India took to the streets to douse other people in coloured powder for the annual Holi celebrations

In chaotic scenes of celebration, scores of people are pictured covered in powder and drenched with red and purple colours in the Nandgaon village. The festivities are also an attraction for tourists visiting India

In chaotic scenes of celebration, scores of people are pictured covered in powder and drenched with red and purple colours in the Nandgaon village. The festivities are also an attraction for tourists visiting India

In chaotic scenes of celebration, scores of people are pictured covered in powder and drenched with red and purple colours in the Nandgaon village. The festivities are also an attraction for tourists visiting India

One reveller is carried by two people as he is covered in orange powder in a Nandgaon village temple. Others see this as a perfect photo opportunity and gather round with their cameras as he is lifted up onto the shoulders of two men

One reveller is carried by two people as he is covered in orange powder in a Nandgaon village temple. Others see this as a perfect photo opportunity and gather round with their cameras as he is lifted up onto the shoulders of two men

One reveller is carried by two people as he is covered in orange powder in a Nandgaon village temple. Others see this as a perfect photo opportunity and gather round with their cameras as he is lifted up onto the shoulders of two men

A Nandgaon village temple is filled with purple as already covered revellers are doused in even more powder. The annual Holi celebrations mark the end of winter

A Nandgaon village temple is filled with purple as already covered revellers are doused in even more powder. The annual Holi celebrations mark the end of winter

A Nandgaon village temple is filled with purple as already covered revellers are doused in even more powder. The annual Holi celebrations mark the end of winter

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