Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love.
It is said to signify the victory of good over evil, and the arrival of spring. The festival is celebrated across India and Nepal, and is all about celebration. It begins with a Holika bonfire on the previous night, where people gather to sing and dance.
The next morning, revellers meet in the street for a carnival where coloured powder or “gulal” is thrown. All ages, genders and castes participate. The four main powder colours are used to represent different meanings: red for love and fertility, blue as the colour of Krishna, yellow for turmeric and green to symbolise spring and new beginnings.
Musicians carry drums and other musical instruments from place to place as the festival carries on. A focus of the day is meeting with people to celebrate, forgive and repair relationships.
Click through our gallery above to see some photos of this year’s Holi celebration