PHALEN, India: Millions across India welcomed spring with their annual “festival of colours” on Friday, celebrating by covering each other in water and dazzling paint.
The ancient Hindu festival of Holi, which heralds the end of winter and the victory of good over evil, is marked with a national public holiday and sees revellers pour onto the streets.
“Happy Holi to everyone.
May this festival of colours fill your lives with lots of joy,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, the start of the two-day festivities.
Celebrated mainly in India, Nepal and other countries with large Hindu populations, Hoil falls on the last full moon of winter.