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IT'S A HOLI DYE; spring - and paint and powder - is in the air as millions celebrate Record picture special on a colourful Indian festival.

Byline: Sally Hind

AN EXPLOSION of colour marked the start of the annual Holi festival across India yesterday.

Clouds of powder filled the streets and revellers drenched each other in coloured water to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

Millions of Hindus from Mumbai to New Dehli took part in the event, which is also known as the Festival of Colours.

Held the day after the full moon, people of all ages gather to commemorate the burning of a demoness named Holika and mark the start of spring with the most vibrant celebration in the Indian calendar.

The fun began in the early hours of the morning in capital New Dehli, where children used plastic water guns and balloons to splash each other and target unsuspecting passers-by from the rooftops.

Soldiers in Kashmir and along the India-Pakistan border marked the occasion by rubbing brightly-coloured powder on their faces and dancing to Bollywood songs.

Many of the festival's famous rain dances, where revellers soak each other with buckets of water, were scrapped in Mumbai after a call by Bollywood actors to conserve water.

One of the country.'s biggest stars, Amitabh Bachchan, took to Facebook to persuade his legions of fans to enjoy a "dry Holi" as millions of Indians face their worst drought in decades.


NO HIDING PLACE J Everyone is fair game as Hindus take the streets armed with coloured water and garish powders splash on anyone they meet to mark the start of spring

DANCING IN THE STREET J There are many different ways to celebrate Holi - a stylish street dance, a serious smearing of a friend's face or chucking a cup of cold water in another reveller's face
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Mar 28, 2013
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