PHOTO GALLERY: Holi festival celebration welcomes spring
Saturday, March 10, 2012 | 6:18 p.m. CST
COLUMBIA — Participants took part in a Hindu festival celebration Saturday that welcomes spring and loosens inhibitions by throwing colored power and water at each other.
A group of Holi participants in Columbia gather outside one participant's apartment Saturday. The Holi festival celebration is the largest in northern India and symbolizes the return of spring and the triumph of good over evil.
Sumitrra Ganguli gets colored powder smeared on her face by Rohini Puri during a Holi celebration outside their apartment. Participants throw colors and water at each other to demonstrate loosened inhibitions.
Suresh Menon warns Gargi Bhaduri to stay inside to avoid being hit with mud during a Holi celebration outside a participant's apartment Saturday.
Ankur Gupta throws a water balloon on Karthik Viswanath to celebrate Holi outside a participant's apartment Saturday.
Water drips from Anik Datta during a Holi celebration outside a participant's apartment Saturday. Holi is a traditional Hindu festival where participants throw pigments and water at each other and welcome spring with a loosening of inhibitions.
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