Image of Asia: Dancing in the bright colors of Holi

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Posted: Mar 24, 2016 9:16 AM
Image of Asia: Dancing in the bright colors of Holi

In this photo by Anupam Nath, an Indian reveler whose face is smeared with colored powder dances during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Gauhati, India. The riotous celebration marks the end of winter and the arrival of spring. People smear each other's faces with brightly hued powder, throw water balloons and spray colored water. Bonfires are lit the night before Holi to mark the victory of good over evil. On Holi day, friends and strangers shower one another with water and powder, and sweets and home-brewed drinks are shared. Being covered in color brings relative anonymity, so Holi is also a time in India when men and women and boys and girls can mingle with relative freedom.