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Photos: Revelers let loose during Holi festival in India

This week, revelers in India celebrated Holi, an ancient religious festival primarily observed in India and Nepal.

Children play with colors on the occasion of Holi 'The Festival of Colours,' on March 6, 2015 in Indore, India.  Photo by Arun Mondhe/Hindustan Times via Getty Images.

Children play with colors on the occasion of Holi ‘The Festival of Colors,’ on March 6, 2015 in Indore, India. Photo by Arun Mondhe/Hindustan Times via Getty Images.

According to the Associated Press, the traditionally Hindu festival has been embraced by a variety of faiths.

“The streets and lanes across most of India have turned into a large playground where people of all faiths throw colored powder and water at each other,” the AP wrote.

An Indian man throws colored powder on a crowd of revelers during the Dadjee ka Huranga festivities in the north Indian town of Baldeo on March 7, 2015. Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images.

A man throws colored powder on a crowd of revelers during the Dadjee ka Huranga festivities in the north Indian town of Baldeo on March 7, 2015. Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images.

Celebrations begin with a giant bonfire at night and continue the next day with a free-for-all frolic of colored powder and water fights in open streets, parks and outside temples.

Occurring at the approach of the vernal equinox, the festival heralds the arrival of spring and marks the beginning of a new year to many Hindus.

People smeared in colours celebrate Holi on a street outside the Bankey Bihari temple, on March 6, 2015 in Vrindavan, India. Photo by Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images.

People smeared in colors celebrate Holi on a street outside the Bankey Bihari temple, on March 6, 2015 in Vrindavan, India. Photo by Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images.

People celebrate Holi festival at Radha Krishan Temple on March 6, 2015 in Shimla, India. Photo by Santosh Rawat/Hindustan Times via Getty Images.

People celebrate Holi festival at Radha Krishan Temple on March 6, 2015 in Shimla, India. Photo by Santosh Rawat/Hindustan Times via Getty Images.

People smeared in colours celebrate Holi on a street outside the Bankey Bihari temple, on March 6, 2015 in Vrindavan, India. Photo by Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images.

People smeared in colors celebrate Holi on a street outside the Bankey Bihari temple, on March 6, 2015 in Vrindavan, India. Photo by Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images.

People smeared in colors celebrate Holi on a street outside the Bankey Bihari temple, on March 6, 2015 in Vrindavan, India. Photo by Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images.

People smeared in colors celebrate Holi on a street outside the Bankey Bihari temple, on March 6, 2015 in Vrindavan, India. Photo by Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images.

An Indian man is stripped of his shirt as he is surrounded by women at the beginning of the Dadjee ka Huranga festivities in the north Indian town of Baldeo on March 7, 2015. Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images.

A man is stripped of his shirt as he is surrounded by women at the beginning of the Dadjee ka Huranga festivities in the north Indian town of Baldeo on March 7, 2015. Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images.

Indian men and women participate in the Dadjee ka Huranga festivities in a hindu temple in the north Indian town of Baldeo on March 7, 2015. Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images.

Men and women participate in the Dadjee ka Huranga festivities in a hindu temple in the north Indian town of Baldeo on March 7, 2015. Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images.

An Indian boy slides in the remnant water left after a large crowd of men and women participated in the Dadjee ka Huranga festivities in the north Indian town of Baldeo on March 7, 2015. Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images.

A boy slides in the remnant water left after a large crowd of men and women participated in the Dadjee ka Huranga festivities in the north Indian town of Baldeo on March 7, 2015. Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images.

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