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Painting the town red... and yellow and pink: Spectacular photos show an explosion of colour at the Indian pilgrim site where the Hindu festival of Holi is celebrated for 16 days





Painting the town red... and yellow and pink: Spectacular photos show an explosion of colour at the Indian pilgrim site where the Hindu festival of Holi is celebrated for 16 days

Holi festival is celebrated every year by Hindus around the world to mark the end of winter and beginning of spring

Vrindavan, India, celebrates the event for 16 days because it was where Krishna supposedly spent his childhood

Pictures by photographer Pascal Mannaerts show men and women of all castes partying together during festivities

Each year, Hindus celebrate Holi by throwing coloured powder on each other in what is one of the most vibrant events in the world.

The two-day festival, celebrated during the full-moon in the month of Phalguna (February or March on the Gregorian calender), marks the end of winter, the beginning of spring and a whole new season.

But in a town called Vrindavan in northern India, where the god Krishna supposedly spent his childhood, the festival is celebrated for 16 days.

In two separate trips to the town in 2013 and 2015, photographer Pascal Mannaerts has captured the spectacular atmosphere of the celebrations.

He said: 'During the Holi, social barriers get broken, people feast together, regardless of differences in age, sex, status and caste. It is the time when the castes mingle, where the lower have the right to insult those to whom they had to bow throughout the year. Rich and poor, men and women, all celebrate together.' 

This year, the festivities will begin on March 24. 


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Painting the town red... and yellow and pink: Spectacular photos show an explosion of colour at the Indian pilgrim site where the Hindu festival of Holi is celebrated for 16 days
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