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The safest colour Right, a splash of blue flung in the Holi spirit in Chennai pauses mid-air, as if to contemplate the recipient’s masked line of defence

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The traditional ‘Holika dahan’ monster in Mumbai is coronavirus incarnate this year

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A nasty virus maybe doing the rounds, making people scuttle back to their holes, but Holi is for flouting norms, our shudh desi bacchanalia. At the colour-splattered Holi bash held by Isha Ambani in Mumbai, you’d have to be the driest of hypochondriacs to miss it. Priyanka flew in with Nick Jonas to give the latter a first taste of gulal. Katrina was at hand to share his surprised joy. And you thought the rival actresses try not to share the same frame!

Union Minister of State for Rural Development Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti celebrates Holi Bhai Dooj with Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, in New Delhi.

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People celebrate ‘Kodamar Holi’ in Beawar.

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Revellers celebrate Holi festival in Kullu.

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Bollywood actor Amyra Dastur gestures as she poses for photographs during ‘Holi’ celebrations at a party, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez celebrates the Holi festival in Mumbai.

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Afghan nationals play with dry colours during Holi celebrations in New Delhi.

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People play with dry colours during Holi celebrations in New Delhi.

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People smeared in color spray water and dance during celebrations marking Holi, the festival of colors, in Prayagraj.

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Devotees cheer as colored powder and water is sprayed on them by a priest during celebrations marking Holi at the Swaminarayan temple in Ahmedabad.

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RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav, elder son of RJD Chief Laloo Prasad, celebrates Holi festival with his party workers at his residence in Patna.

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Revellers smeared in colours pose for photographs during Holi festival in Thane.

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BJP worker smears colours on Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat as part of Holi celebrations in Dehradun.

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Indians dance and throw colored powder during Holi festival celebrations in Gawahati.

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Hindu devotees cheer as colored powder and water is sprayed on them by a Hindu priest during celebrations marking Holi at the Swaminarayan temple in Ahmedabad.

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A woman's hair is smeared with colored powder during celebrations marking the Holi festival in Mumbai.

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Revellers celebrate Holi festival in Guwahati.

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People celebrate Holi, the spring festival of colours, in Amritsar.

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Revellers celebrate Holi festival in Prayagraj.

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Revellers celebrate Holi festival in Bhopal.

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Revellers play with dry colours as they celebrate Holi festival in Moradabad.

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Afghan nationals play with dry colours during Holi celebrations in New Delhi.

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People play with dry colours during Holi celebrations in New Delhi.

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Peoples throw colored powder and dance during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Prayagraj.

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Face of a woman is smeared with colored powder during celebrations marking the Holi festival in Mumbai.

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People play with dry colours during Holi celebrations in New Delhi.

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Children spray colored water on a passing auto rickshaw as they celebrate Holi festival in Guwahati.

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A girl smears colored powder to her friend as they celebrate Holi festival in Guwahati.

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A girl with her face smeared with colored powder smiles during Holi festival, in Kolkata.

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Foreign tourists dance with Indians as they celebrate the festival of Holi in Kolkata.

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People throw colored powder on each other as they celebrate Holi in Jammu. Holi, the festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring.

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Children spray colored water as they celebrate Holi festival in Guwahati.

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People smear colors and pour water on each other as they celebrate Holi festival in Guwahati.

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Devotees play with dry colours during Holi festival celebration at Govind Dev Ji Temple in Jaipur.

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Young girls play with dry colours as part of Holi celebrations in Dehradun.

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People buy holi materials ahead of Holi festival at Sadar Bazaar in New Delhi.

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People play with dry colours during Holi festival celebrations at Shri Durgiana Temple in Amritsar.

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Women celebrate Basant Panchami at Vashi Kalibari in Navi Mumbai.

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People buy Holi materials ahead of Holi festival in Dhanbad district.

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People celebrate ‘Basanta Utsav’ at Santiniketan in Birbhum district of West Bengal.

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Young women play with dry colours ahead of Holi festival in Bhopal.

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A view of an effigy based on the theme of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for Holika Dahan, in Mumbai.

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Young women play with dry colours ahead of Holi festival in Bhopal.

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Students play with colours ahead of Holi festival in Jammu.

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Women play with dry colours on the occasion of Basanta Utsav in Nadia district of West Bengal.

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Devotees perform rituals before 'Holika Dahan' ahead of Holi festival in Haridwar.

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People dance and throw colored powder during Holi celebrations in Jammu.

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A foreign tourist throws colored powder as he joins people celebrating Holi, the festival of colors, in Kolkata.

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People smear colored powder on each other as they celebrate Holi, the festival of colors, in Kolkata.

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Elderly women smear colored powder on each other as they celebrate Holi, the festival of colors, in Kolkata. The festival heralds the arrival of spring.

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Tourists play with 'Gulal' during 'Dol Yatra' Utsav at Sudder Street, in Kolkata.

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Students perform to celebrate Basant Utsav in Kolkata.

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Students perform to celebrate Basant Utsav in Kolkata.

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Tourists play with 'Gulal' during 'Dol Yatra' Utsav at Sudder Street, in Kolkata.

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Peoples play with colored powder during Holi festival celebrations in Jammu.

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People participate in a rally as they play 'dhak' during 'Basant Utsav' celebration in Kolkata.

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People participate in a rally during 'Basant Utsav' celebration in Kolkata.

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Artists perform ahead the Holi Festival at Govind Dev Ji Temple in Jaipur.

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People participate in a rally during 'Basant Utsav' celebration in Kolkata.

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Members of a tribal community perform as they celebrate Holi at Ghosaldanga in Birbhum district of West Bengal.

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Students react during a rain dance ahead of Holi festival in Ranchi.

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Women play with colours ahead of Holi festival in Nadia district of West Bengal.

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Devotees celebrate Holi festival in Kullu.

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Artists perform ahead of Holi Festival at Govind Dev Ji Temple in Jaipur.

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NGO members wearing masks play Holi in Kolkata.

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Reliance Foundation Chairperson Nita Ambani poses during a Holi party hosted by her daughter Isha Ambani Piramal in Mumbai.

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Students play with colors during Holi celebrations on last day of their examination, at Patna Women's College

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Students play with colours during Holi celebrations, at Calcutta University in Kolkata.

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren participates in pre-Holi celebrations during budget session of Jharkhand Assembly, in Ranchi.

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Vendors put on displays different types of masks and colours on displays for ahead of Holi celebrations, in Kolkata

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A devotee plays Holi with ash and colors next to burning pyres at a cremation ground on the banks of river Ganges at the Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi. Thousands of Hindus celebrate their major festival Holi with ash collected from pyres in a cremation ground, following an age-old tradition. Hindu mythology says deity Shiva, known as "The Destroyer," visited cremation grounds to play Holi with ghosts who couldn't celebrate the festival of colors. As per their tradition, Hindus burn the bodies of their dead in pyres of dry woods.

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Hindu holy men return after playing Holi with ash and colors at a cremation ground on the banks of river Ganges at the Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi. Thousands of Hindus celebrate their major festival Holi with ash collected from pyres in a cremation ground, following an age-old tradition. Hindu mythology says deity Shiva, known as "The Destroyer," visited cremation grounds to play Holi with ghosts who couldn't celebrate the festival of colors. As per their tradition, Hindus burn the bodies of their dead in pyres of dry woods.

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Hindu holy men offer prayers after playing Holi with ash and colors at a cremation ground on the banks of river Ganges at the Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi, India. Thousands of Hindus celebrate their major festival Holi with ash collected from pyres in a cremation ground, following an age-old tradition. Hindu mythology says deity Shiva, known as "The Destroyer," visited cremation grounds to play Holi with ghosts who couldn't celebrate the festival of colors. As per their tradition, Hindus burn the bodies of their dead in pyres of dry woods.

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Devotees play with colours during a procession of Lord Shiva and Parvati on the occasion of Rangbhari Ekadashi, in Varanasi.

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Artists play Lathmar holi during Fag Mahotsav, at Govind Dev Ji Temple in Jaipur

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Students play with colours during 'Basant Utsav' celebration, at Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata.

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A hawker wears mask as prevention against coronavirus while selling Holi colours, at Chandni Chowk in New Delhi.

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Women smear colours at each other during Holi celebrations, in Prayagraj.

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Workers prepare herbal 'gulal' powder ahead of Holi festival, in Jaipur.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during the launch of Rangotsav-2020, at Barsana in Mathura.

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Sex workers and members of Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee smear ‘gulal’ at each other during International Sex Worker Rights Day celebration, at Sonagachi, in Kolkata.

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Women smear colours at each other during Holi celebrations, in Nadia district.

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Devotees celebrate Holi Festival at Dwarkadheesh temple, in Mathura.

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Women smear colours at each other during Holi celebrations, in Nadia district.

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Revellers participate in Huranga, celebrated one day after the Holi festival, at Dauji Temple in Mathura. Villagers gather in the courtyard of the temple, where men pour buckets of saffron-tinged water on women, who retaliate by tearing their shirts off and thrashing them with it.

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People celebrate 'Kodamar Holi', in Beawar.

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Revelers dance as colored powder and confetti are showered on them during celebrations to mark Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Prayagraj.

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Revellers dance as they celebrate the festival of holi, in Prayagraj.

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BJP supporter wears a mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during holi festival celebration, in Allahabad.

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Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif during Holi celebration in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Shabana Azmi plays holi during the Holi festival celebration, at her residence in Mumbai.

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Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh celebrates holi at his residence in Shimla.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses the gathering during Lord Narasimha Yatra on the occasion of holi festival, in Gorakhpur.

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Young girls play in the mud on the occasion of holi festival celebrations, in Guwahati.

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People apply colours as they celebrate holi festival, at Santipur in Nadia district of WB.

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People play with colours on the occasion of Holi festival celebrations, in Guwahati.

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Foreigners play holi during holi festival celebrations, in Kolkata.

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People paint their faces and ride a bike on the occasion of Holi festival, in Thane.

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