India celebrates Holi festival of colours

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Indians are celebrating Holi, the Hindu festival of colours which comes at the end of the winter season and marks the beginning of spring.

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On the day of Holi, people throw coloured powder and liquids at each other.

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Some of the biggest celebrations take place in the temples of Vrindavan, a town in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where, according to legend, the Hindu god Krishna played Holi with his consort Radha.

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The festival is celebrated over two days.

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The festival also symbolises a new beginning for Hindus to end conflicts and let go of emotional impurities from the past.

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