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In Pictures: Beautiful photos of the Hindu festival of Holi

People have been celebrating the colourful Hindu festival of Holi.
People in India have been celebrating the Hindu festival of Holi - also known as the festival of colours. (AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian boy is covered with coloured paint powderAFP/Getty Images
It's celebrated by chucking coloured paint powder at each other on the streets. Looks like fun! (AP)
A girl covered in coloured powder closes her eyesAP
Other people throw buckets of coloured water. (AP)
A bucket of red coloured water is thrown over a group of peopleAP
Holi marks the arrival of spring and the end of winter. (AFP/Getty Images)
Hands rub pink paint powder on a girl's faceAFP/Getty Images
The two-day festival also celebrates the Hindu god Krishna and the legend of Holika and Prahlad. (EPA)
A close-up of a face covered in coloured paint powderEPA
Some people believe Holi came from Krishna mischievously throwing coloured water over his milkmaids when he was a boy. (EPA)
A girl is covered in red paint powderEPA
The story of Holika and Prahlad is seen to symbolise good overcoming evil. (AP)
People throw paint during the festival of HoliAP