Photos: Hindu festival of Holi celebrates spring's arrival with vibrant colors

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
March 29, 2019, 9:24:34 AM EDT

The colorful festival of Holi celebrated by the Hindu community marks the beginning of spring.

Many areas in India, Nepal, Pakistan and other Hindu areas turned into a party on Thursday with people decorating each other in vibrant colors.

The festival is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun on the Hindu calendar, which corresponded to the first full day of astronomical spring this year.

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A Indian Hindu devotee applies colored powder to another during Holi festival celebration at the Lord Jagannath temple in Ahmadabad, India, on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

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Indian revelers dance as color is sprayed on them during celebrations to mark Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Prayagraj, India, on Friday, March 22, 2019.

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In this Thursday, March 21, 2019, file photo, an Indian girl grimaces as her face is smeared with colored powder during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Gauhati, India.

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People from the Pakistani Hindu community celebrate Holi, the festival of colors, at a temple in Lahore, Pakistan, on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

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An Indian, face smeared with colored powder, dances during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Hyderabad, India, on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

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Indians play with colored water during Holi festivities in Allahabad, India, on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

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Indians smear colored powder on each other as they celebrate Holi in Jammu, India, on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

It starts the evening before with bonfires to celebrate the victory of good over evil, according to

The celebrations continue the next day as shops and businesses close and people sing, dance and paint each other with different colors.

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Colors have specific meaning with red used for purity, green for vitality, blue for calming and yellow for spiritual.

Holi also marks the start of spring.

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A man squirts colored water out of a plastic bottle at revelers attending Holi Moo, a celebratory event marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, March 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Rishabh Jain)

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