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March 1, 2010
Holi, the festival of color
The tradition of playing with colors on Holi draws its roots from a legend of Radha and the Hindu God Krishna. It is believed that young Krishna was jealous of Radha's fair complexion since he himself was very dark. After questioning his mother Yashoda on the darkness of his complexion, Yashoda, teasingly asked him to color Radha's face in which ever color he wanted. In a mischievous mood, Krishna applied color on Radha's face. The tradition of applying color on one's beloved is religiously followed still, today. (28 images)

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A Hindu priest tosses dyed color powder known as Gulal powder, passing the blessings of Lord Krishna to Hindu devotees as they play with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 26, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak


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Hindu devotees play with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 26, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak



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A Hindu devotees prays after having played with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 27, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak



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Hindu devotees play with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 27, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak



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Hindu devotees play with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 27, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak



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Hindu devotees play with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 27, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak



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Dye covers the foot of a Hindu devotees as others play with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 27, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak



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Hindu devotees play with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 28, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak



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A Hindu devotees prays as others play with color during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on Feb. 28, in Vrindavan, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak



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A girl smeared with color throws colored powder as she joins in celebrations of Holi, the Hindu festival of color, in Vrindavan, 140 kilometres from New Delhi, India, Sunday, Feb 28. Vrindavan is famous for Holi celebration, where according to legend, Hindu god Krishna played Holi with his consort Radha. AP / Manish Swarup



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People throw colors as they celebrate "Holi," the festival of color, at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, 140 kilometers (87 miles) from New Delhi, India, Sunday, Feb. 28. AP / Manish Swarup



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Devotees throw color as they celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of color, at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) from New Delhi, India, Sunday, Feb. 28. AP / Manish Swarup



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A priest throws colored holy water on the Devotees smeared with color as they all celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of color, at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, 140 kilometres from New Delhi, India, Sunday, Feb. 28. AP / Manish Swarup



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A devotee collects colored powder spread on the floor to be thrown back on devotees again to celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of color, at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, 140 kilometres from New Delhi, India, Sunday, Feb. 28. AP / Manish Swarup



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Indian youths cover each other with colored powder while celebrating Holi, 'the Festival of colors' at the historical Durgiana Temple in Amritsar on Feb. 28.AFP / Getty Images / Narinder Nanu



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Indian youth cover each other with colored powder and water while celebrating Holi, 'the Festival of colors' in Hyderabad on Feb. 28. AFP / Getty Images / Noah Seelam



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An Indian woman gestures as 'Aabir' a colored dust is put on her face as she celebrates Vasantotsav, 'the Festival of Spring' in Kolkata, on Feb. 28. Vasantotsav, as the spring festival is called in Bengal, is celebrated in the rest of India as 'Holi', the festival of colors. AFP / Getty Images / Deshakalyan Chowdhury



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Indian girls dunk colored water on each other as they celebrate Vasantotsav, the Festival of Spring, in Kolkata, on Feb. 28. AFP / Getty Images / Deshakalyan Chowdhury



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Indian girls play with 'Aabir' a colored dust as they celebrate Vasantotsav, the Festival of Spring, in Kolkata, on Feb. 28. AFP / Getty Images / Deshakalyan Chowdhury



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Indian youth cover each other with colored powder while celebrating Holi, the Festival of colors, at the historical Durgiana Temple in Amritsar on Feb. 28. AFP / Getty Images / Narinder Nanu



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Indian women smear colored 'gullal' power on each other's faces as they celebrate Holi in Allahabad on Feb. 28. Holi, also called the Festival of colors, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India at the end of winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month, which usually falls in the later part of February or in March. AFP / Getty Images / Diptendu Dutta



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Indian sadhus, Hindu holy men, smear colored 'gullal' power on each other's faces as they celebrate Holi in Allahabad on Feb. 28. AFP / Getty Images / Diptendu Dutta



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Indian kids smeared with colors look on as they celebrate 'Holi,' the Indian festival of colors, in Calcutta, India, Sunday, Feb. 28. AP / Sucheta Das



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An Indian girl reacts as others throw color powder at her as part of celebrating "Holi" in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday, Feb. 27. AP / Biswaranjan Rout



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A tourist smeared with colors shoots photographs of children celebrating "Holi," the Indian festival of colors, in Calcutta, India, Sunday, Feb. 28. AP / Bikas Das



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Devotees smeared with color celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of color, at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, 140 kilometres from New Delhi, India, Sunday, Feb. 28. AP / Manish Swarup



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Devotees smeared with color throw color on each other as they celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of color, in Vrindavan, 140 kilometers (87.5 miles) from New Delhi, India, Sunday, Feb. 28. AP / Manish Swarup



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People are seen smeared in colors on Wed., Feb. 24, as they celebrate Holi, the Indian festival of colors in Mathura, India. AP



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