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Barsana, Nandgaon celebrate Lathmar Holi

Lathmar Holi is a local celebration of Holi. It takes place in the neighbouring towns of Barsana and Nandgaon.

Bright colours of gulal fill the air and people take turns in pouring colour water over each other. (Source: Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Apparently, women of Barsana start preparing for this festival a month in advance. (Source: Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

The spirit of Holi engulfs all. Here is an elderly man sitting with a plate of empty colour bowls. (Source: Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Holi festival is celebrated with various names and people of different states follow different traditions. (Source: Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

The festival has various legends associated with it. The foremost is the legend of demon King Hiranyakashyap. (Source: Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

The festival most prominently celebrates the beginning of Spring. (Source: Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Lath mar Holi is a local celebration of the Hindu festival of Holi. It takes place days before the actual Holi in the neighbouring towns of Barsana and Nandgaon. (Source: Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Legend has it that Krishna once visited Radha's village on this day and playfully teased her and her friends. Taking offence at this, the women of Barsana chased him away. Since then, men from Krishna's village, Nandgaon, visit Barsana to play Holi. (Source: Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Lath mar Holi begins with a ceremony at the Radha Rani temple in Barsana. (Source: Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Holi played at Barsana is unique. Here women chase men away with sticks called "lathis" and men protect themselves with shields. (Source: Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

People throw coloured powder as they celebrate Lathmar Holi. (Source: Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

In Braj region of India the festival is celebrated for 16 days (until Rangpanchmi) in commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna. (Source: Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)