A look at Holi, Hinduism's spring festival of colors

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The Hindu festival of Holi is known around the world for the vibrant colored powders that fill the air during its festivities (and that speckle today's Google doodle). Holi has a lengthy history with numerous references in religious works, sculptures and murals as well as several name variations.

The spring festival coincides with the full moon day of Phalguna, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, which can occur anywhere from the end of February into March. During the first evening of Holi celebrations, a large bonfire is lit to symbolize the triumph of good over evil. The next day, revelers cover one another in the famous colored powder, which is associated with the playful actions of the god Krishna. This year, the festival takes place on March 12 and 13.

Here's a look at this year's Holi celebration in India:

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Devotees dance as coloured powder is thrown during Holi, the Festival of Colours, celebrations outside a temple on the outskirts of Kolkata, India, March 13, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
Hindu devotees take part in "Huranga", a game played between men and women a day after Holi, at Dauji temple near the northern city of Mathura, India March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
A girl reacts as coloured powder is applied on her face while celebrating Holi, the Festival of Colours, in Mumbai, India, March 13, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade
Widows take part in Holi celebrations in the town of Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A girl reacts as coloured water is thrown on her face while celebrating Holi, the Festival of Colours, in Mumbai, India, March 13, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Devotees are sprayed with coloured water inside temple premises during Holi, the Festival of Colours, celebrations in Ahmedabad, India, March 13, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave
A Hindu devotee is covered in coloured powder as he stands outside a temple during the religious festival of Holi in Vrindavan, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
INDIA - 2017/03/13: Tourist celebrate the Holi cloth tearing (Kapda Phad), the Holi celebration in Pushkar, India. (Photo by Shaukat Ahmed/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Young Indian revellers dance as they celebrate the Holi festival in Allahabad on March 13, 2017. Holi, the festival of colours, is a riotous celebration of the coming of spring and falls on the day after full moon annually in March. / AFP PHOTO / SANJAY KANOJIA (Photo credit should read SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman smears colored powder on the face of her friend during Holi celebrations in Mumbai, India, on Monday, March 13, 2017. India is scheduled to release Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures for February on March 14. Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Devotees playing with color during the holi celebration at historical Govind Dev Ji temple on the occasion of Holi Festival in Jaipur, Rajasthan , India on 12 March,2017 .(Photo By Vishal Bhatnagar/ NurPhoto via Getty Images) (Photo by Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Indian youth play with colors during Holi celebrations in Chennai on March 12, 2017. The Hindu festival of Holi, or the 'Festival of Colours' heralds the arrival of spring and the end of winter. / AFP PHOTO / ARUN SANKAR (Photo credit should read ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian youth play with colors during Holi celebrations in Chennai on March 12, 2017. The Hindu festival of Holi, or the 'Festival of Colours' heralds the arrival of spring and the end of winter. / AFP PHOTO / ARUN SANKAR (Photo credit should read ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - MARCH 9: A widow celebrating Holi festival with the flowers and colours at Gopinath temple, Vrindavan, on March 9, 2017 in Mumbai, India. Holi is a Hindu spring festival in India and Nepal, also known as the 'festival of colours' or the 'festival of love'. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
VRINDAVAN, INDIA MARCH 9: Widows taking part in Holi celebrations in the town of Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh.(Photo by Pankaj Nangia/India Today Group/Getty Images)
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