March 10, 2014 8:34 am

9 colourful images from the start of Lathmar Holi festival

Hindu men from the village of Nangaon throw coloured powder on others as they play Holi at the Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival in Barsana, India.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

TORONTO – Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month and will be celebrated on March 16.

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An elderly Hindu man seek alms from devotees outside the Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival in Barsana, India. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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An Indian labourer sifts coloured powder, known as ‘gulal’, to be used during the forthcoming spring festival of Holi, inside a factory at Fulbari village on the outskirts of Siliguri on March 9, 2014. (Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)

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A Hindu man pours a bucket of coloured water on a woman outside the Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival in Barsana, India. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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A Hindu man from the village of Nangaon teases men from Barsana as they play Holi at the Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival in Barsana, India. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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Hindu men from the village of Nangaon throw coloured powder on others as they play Holi at the Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival in Barsana, India. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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Hindu men from the village of Nangaon throw coloured powder on others as they play Holi at the Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival in Barsana, India. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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Hindu men from the village of Nangaon throw coloured powder on others as they play Holi at the Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival in Barsana, India. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

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Hindu men from the village of Nangaon throw coloured powder on others as they play Holi at the Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival in Barsana, India. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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