Holi – a traditional Indian feast, symbolizing the arrival of spring. It is celebrated traditionally, by throwing colored powder paints. In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh before the actual festival of Holi, they celebrate Holi Lathmar, and since this is also the Spring Festival. According to legend, Krishna came to Barsana town to cause jealousy in his beloved Radha. In response, women are driven out of his village. Today, women in this day Barsany “banish” men with sticks because they singing provocative songs and throw them in the powder coatings. This year the festival will be across India on March 8. it was really amazing festival full of colors, just check out….
1. Smiling Indian in the paint during the “Lathmar Holi”. By tradition, the men sing provocative songs to attract the attention of women who “beat” them with bamboo sticks called “lathis”. (Adnan Abidi / Reuters)
2. People rush to the colors of Holi festival in the village Lathmar Nandgaon. (Adnan Abidi / Reuters) 3. The child posing for a photograph while other villagers Nandgaon coated with paint at the Nandi temple. (Manan Vatsyayana / AFP / Getty Images) 4. Indian family looks like a girl beats a man of Nandgaona in Barsane. By tradition, the women of the village, where there was Radha, beat the men from the village Nandgaon, where he lived Krishna. Even today, the marriage between boys and girls from these two villages is impossible. (Kevin Frayer / Associated Press) 5. A man in paint lying on the ground in Nandgaone. (Adnan Abidi / Reuters)
6. The old man covered in paint in Barsane. (Adnan Abidi / Reuters) 7. Smeared with paint in the Indian town of Barsana. (Adnan Abidi / Reuters) 8. A man from the village asked the girl from Nandgaon Barsany not to beat him with sticks chase. (Kevin Frayer / Associated Press) 9. Riot of colors on the Holi festival Lathmar, the eve of the Holi festival, which will be held on March 8. (Kevin Frayer / Associated Press) 10. Men throwing colored powder in Barsane. (Adnan Abidi / Reuters) 11. Festivities in Barsane. (Adnan Abidi / Reuters) 12. Indian transvestites dancing in the temple of Radha Rani in Barsane. (Kevin Frayer / Associated Press) 13. Smeared with paint in Barsana village in the temple of Radha Rani. (Manan Vatsyayana / AFP / Getty Images) 14. Women with sticks go to chase the men from the village Nandgaon. (Manan Vatsyayana / AFP / Getty Images)
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