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

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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