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Dancing for Spring - March 2015
A widow throws flower petals as she, along with others, celebrates Holi, a festival that heralds the beginning of spring and is observed all over India.

Traditionally in Hindu culture widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasures and do not celebrate Holi. But women at this northern Indian shelter for widows who have been abandoned by their families took part in the the celebration that is also known as the Festival of Colours.
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4S1I9
March 04, 2015
A widow throws flower petals as she, along with others, take part in the Holi celebrations organised...
Vrindavan, India
A widow throws flower petals as she, along with others, take part in the Holi celebrations organised...
A widow throws flower petals as she, along with others, take part in the Holi celebrations organised by a non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 4, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4S1KS
March 04, 2015
The face of a widow is seen daubed in colour after she took part in the Holi celebrations organised by...
Vrindavan, India
The face of a widow daubed in colour after she took part in Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental...
The face of a widow is seen daubed in colour after she took part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 4, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY)
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4S6TO
March 05, 2015
Widows daubed in colours chant religious hymns as they take part in the Holi celebrations organised by...
Vrindavan, India
Widows daubed in colours chant religious hymns as they take part in the Holi celebrations at Vrindavan...
Widows daubed in colours chant religious hymns as they take part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 5, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
INDIA-RELIGION
RTR4RR85
March 02, 2015
A student of Rabindra Bharati University reacts as her fellow student throws coloured powder on her face...
Kolkata, India
Student of Rabindra Bharati University reacts as her fellow student throws coloured powder on her face...
A student of Rabindra Bharati University reacts as her fellow student throws coloured powder on her face during celebrations for Holi in Kolkata March 2, 2015. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION EDUCATION ANNIVERSARY)
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4S1HQ
March 04, 2015
A widow daubed in colours dances as she takes part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental...
Vrindavan, India
A widow daubed in colours dances in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation...
A widow daubed in colours dances as she takes part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 4, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4SB9U
March 06, 2015
Widows daubed in colours dance as they take part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental...
Vrindavan, India
Widows daubed in colours dance as they take part in Holi celebrations at Vrindavan
Widows daubed in colours dance as they take part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4SBV6
March 06, 2015
Widows daubed in colours dance as they take part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental...
Vrindavan, India
Widows daubed in colours dance as they take part in the Holi celebrations at Vrindavan
Widows daubed in colours dance as they take part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
INDIA-CULTURE/
RTR4RKFF
February 28, 2015
A boy with his turban daubed in colours celebrates "Lathmar Holi" at Nandgaon, in the northern Indian...
NANDGAON, India
A boy with his turban daubed in colours celebrates "Lathmar Holi" at Nandgaon
A boy with his turban daubed in colours celebrates "Lathmar Holi" at Nandgaon, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, February 28, 2015. In a Holi tradition unique to Nandgaon and Barsana villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then "beat" them with bamboo sticks called "lathis". Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
INDIA-CULTURE/
RTR4RKE1
February 28, 2015
Men daubed in colours sing religious songs as they celebrate "Lathmar Holi" at Nandgaon, in the northern...
NANDGAON, India
Men daubed in colours sing religious songs as they celebrate "Lathmar Holi" at Nandgaon
Men daubed in colours sing religious songs as they celebrate "Lathmar Holi" at Nandgaon, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, February 28, 2015. In a Holi tradition unique to Nandgaon and Barsana villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then "beat" them with bamboo sticks called "lathis". Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4S7GD
March 05, 2015
A widow daubed in colours takes part in Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation...
Vrindavan, India
A widow daubed in colours takes part in Holi celebrations at Vrindavan
A widow daubed in colours takes part in Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 5, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4SB33
March 06, 2015
Widows daubed in colours dance as they take part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental...
Vrindavan, India
Widows daubed in colours dance as they take part in Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation...
Widows daubed in colours dance as they take part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4SA1M
March 06, 2015
A man reacts as coloured powder is applied while celebrating Holi in Mumbai March 6, 2015. Holi, also...
Mumbai, India
Man reacts as coloured powder is applied while celebrating Holi in Mumbai
A man reacts as coloured powder is applied while celebrating Holi in Mumbai March 6, 2015. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4S86E
March 05, 2015
Widows daubed in colours take part in Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh...
Vrindavan, India
Widows daubed in colours take part in Holi celebrations at Vrindavan
Widows daubed in colours take part in Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 5, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4S7DP
March 05, 2015
A widow daubed in colours chant religious hymns as she takes part in the Holi celebrations organised...
Vrindavan, India
A widow daubed in colours chant religious hymns as she takes part in the Holi celebrations at Vrindavan...
A widow daubed in colours chant religious hymns as she takes part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 5, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
INDIA-CULTURE/
RTR4RH3P
February 27, 2015
Men are seen covered with coloured powder as they celebrate "Lathmar Holi" at Barsana in the northern...
Barsana, India
Men are seen covered with coloured powder as they celebrate Lathmar Holi at Barsana
Men are seen covered with coloured powder as they celebrate "Lathmar Holi" at Barsana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh February 27, 2015. In a Holi tradition unique to Barsana, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then "beat" them with bamboo sticks called "lathis". Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY)
INDIA-CULTURE/
RTR4RG8B
February 27, 2015
A man daubed in colours sings religious songs as he celebrates "Lathmar Holi" at Barsana in the northern...
Barsana, India
A man daubed in colours sings religious songs as he celebrates Lathmar Holi at Barsana
A man daubed in colours sings religious songs as he celebrates "Lathmar Holi" at Barsana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, February 27, 2015. In a Holi tradition unique to Barsana, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then "beat" them with bamboo sticks called "lathis". Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4S876
March 05, 2015
A widow daubed in colours leaves after taking part in Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental...
Vrindavan, India
A widow daubed in colours leaves after taking part in Holi celebrations at Vrindavan
A widow daubed in colours leaves after taking part in Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 5, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4S1K4
March 04, 2015
Widows daubed in colours chant religious hymns as they dance during the Holi celebrations organised by...
Vrindavan, India
Widows daubed in colours chant religious hymns as they dance during Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental...
Widows daubed in colours chant religious hymns as they dance during the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 4, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4S1KC
March 04, 2015
Widows daubed in colours chant religious hymns as they part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental...
Vrindavan, India
Widows daubed in colours chant religious hymns as they part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental...
Widows daubed in colours chant religious hymns as they part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 4, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4S1JM
March 04, 2015
Widows daubed in colours chant religious hymns as they dance during the Holi celebrations organised by...
Vrindavan, India
Widows daubed in colours chant religious hymns as they dance during Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental...
Widows daubed in colours chant religious hymns as they dance during the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 4, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
INDIA-CULTURE/
RTR4RV3T
March 03, 2015
Widows daubed in colours lie on the ground as they take part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental...
Vrindavan, India
Widows daubed in colours lie on the ground as they take part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental...
Widows daubed in colours lie on the ground as they take part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 3, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY RELIGION)
INDIA-CULTURE/
RTR4RV0A
March 03, 2015
A widow daubed in colours takes part in Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation...
Vrindavan, India
Widow daubed in colours takes part in Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh...
A widow daubed in colours takes part in Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 3, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY)
INDIA-CULTURE/
RTR4RUW8
March 03, 2015
Widows daubed in colours take part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation...
Vrindavan, India
Widows daubed in colours take part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation...
Widows daubed in colours take part in the Holi celebrations organised by non-governmental organisation Sulabh International at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 3, 2015. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
INDIA-CULTURE/
RTR4RKFP
February 28, 2015
A man with his face daubed in colours celebrates "Lathmar Holi" at Nandgaon, in the northern Indian state...
NANDGAON, India
A man with his face daubed in colours celebrates "Lathmar Holi" at Nandgaon
A man with his face daubed in colours celebrates "Lathmar Holi" at Nandgaon, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, February 28, 2015. In a Holi tradition unique to Nandgaon and Barsana villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then "beat" them with bamboo sticks called "lathis". Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY RELIGION)
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