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INDIA, NEW DELHI : Indian reveler throw colored water onto the other villagers during the Lathmar Holi celebrations in the village of Barsana on March 17, 2016.
holi, also called the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month. / AFP / CHANDAN KHANNA                        

INDIA, NEW DELHI : An Indian reveler covered in coloured powder poses during the Lathmar Holi celebrations in the village of Barsana on March 17, 2016.
holi, also called the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month. / AFP / CHANDAN KHANNA                        

During the Lathmar Holi festival, the women of Barsana, India, are allowed to beat the men of Nandgaon with long sticks. Barsana is the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of the Hindu god Krishna,

Nandgaon women await the men of Barsana

Women from Nandgaon village hold wooden sticks as they wait for the arrival of men from Barsana, during the Lathmar Holi festival at Nandgaon, 120 km south of New Delhi, India. According to a tradition that has its roots in Hindu mythology, men from Barsana are soaked in coloured water by men and beaten with sticks by women as they arrive at Nandgaon, believed to be Lord Krishna’s village (Altaf Qadri/AP)