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March 16, 2009
The Hindu Festival of Holi
The Hindu Festival of Holi -- the festival of colors -- marks the end of winter gloom and rejoices in the arrival of spring. Holi is a lighthearted celebration in which participants toss colored powder and water on one another. On Sunday, in the Queens borough of New York City, Getty Images photographer, Mario Tama captured the festivities. (17 images)

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People are covered in colored powder and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Holi is originally an Indian festival marking the arrival of spring and is also called the Festival of Colors. Many of the New York participants are of Indo-Caribbean descent from Guyana and Trinidad where the festival is known as Phagwah. Getty Images / Mario Tama


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People are covered in colored powder and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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Performers wait to go onstage during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Many of the New York participants are of Indo-Caribbean descent from Guyana and Trinidad where the festival is known as Phagwah. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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People are covered in colored powder and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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People are covered in colored powder and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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People are covered in colored powder and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Holi is originally an Indian festival marking the arrival of spring and is also called the Festival of Colors. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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People are covered in colored powder and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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People are covered in colored powder and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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People are covered in colored powder and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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People are covered in colored powder and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Holi is originally an Indian festival marking the arrival of spring and is also called the Festival of Colors. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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People are covered in colored powder and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Holi is originally an Indian festival marking the arrival of spring and is also called the Festival of Colors. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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People are covered in colored powder and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Holi is originally an Indian festival marking the arrival of spring and is also called the Festival of Colors. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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People are covered in colored powder and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Holi is originally an Indian festival marking the arrival of spring and is also called the Festival of Colors. Many of the New York participants are of Indo-Caribbean descent from Guyana and Trinidad where the festival is known as Phagwah. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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People are covered in colored powder and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Holi is originally an Indian festival marking the arrival of spring and is also called the Festival of Colors. Many of the New York participants are of Indo-Caribbean descent from Guyana and Trinidad where the festival is known as Phagwah. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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People are covered in colored powder and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Holi is originally an Indian festival marking the arrival of spring and is also called the Festival of Colors. Many of the New York participants are of Indo-Caribbean descent from Guyana and Trinidad where the festival is known as Phagwah. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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People kiss while covered in colored powder, shaving cream and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Holi is originally an Indian festival marking the arrival of spring and is also called the Festival of Colors. Many of the New York participants are of Indo-Caribbean descent from Guyana and Trinidad where the festival is known as Phagwah. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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People are covered in colored powder and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations March 15, in the Queens borough of New York City. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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