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Happy Holi 2016: How India is celebrating the festival of colours

The common thread in all this is — colours, happiness and a joyous welcome of Spring.

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Holi is for Indian festivals what Taj Mahal is for Indian architecture. It would be safe to say that when people around the world think of India, many immediately imagine flashes of people immersed in colours, having a great time. Come March 24, they wouldn't be far from the truth. Indians celebrate Holi in various ways (some say over 15 types), be it the lathmaar holi in Barsana or the warrior holi in Punjab, there is the Dol jatra in West Bengal and the Yaosang in Manipur. The common thread in all this is — colours, happiness and a joyous welcome of Spring. Click through for stunning pictures of Holi celebrations from across India.

People celebrate the festival of colors or Holi in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (AP Photo)

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Youths celebrating Holi in the GIP Mall of Noida on Wednesday. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

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Hindu devotees daubed in colours sing religious songs inside a temple during Holi celebrations in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. (Reuters)

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The festival of colors being celebrated in in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (AP Photo)

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Devotees in large numbers enjoying Holi at Kalupur Swaminarayan temple in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. (Express Photo by Javed Raja)

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People celebrating Holi at a temple in Kolkata on March 23, 2016. (Express Photo by Partha Paul)

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Boys and girls throw coloured powder as they celebrate Holi in Shimla on Wednesday. (Express Photo by Lalit Kumar)

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Devotees celebrating Holi at the historical Govind devji Temple in Jaipur on Wednesday. (Express Photo by Rohit Jain Paras)