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