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Students celebrate the Holi festival in Calcutta, India

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Indian students apply color on each other as they celebrate the Holi festival in Calcutta, India on March 16, 2011. The Rabindra Bharati University organized the festival of colors at their campus. Holi is an ancient Indian festival to mark the arrival of spring. This year, the main Holi celebrations will take place on March 19.

Holi is a spring festival celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs at the end of the winter season. It is primarily observed in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The festival features people throwing colored powder and colored water at each other. The most celebrated festivals have become tourist destinations, and those celebrations last up to 16 days.

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Indian students celebrate the Holi festival in Calcutta, India.