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« on: April 04, 2012, 02:23:06 AM »

Traditionally a rite that celebrates the coming of spring, Holi is marked by joyous participants throwing colored water and powder. In northern Uttar Pradesh, "Lathmar Holi" is celebrated before Holi itself, and while it is a rite of spring there as well, the festival also features another layer of fun rooted in Hindu mythology. Lord Krishna is said to have visited the village of Barsana to tease his consort Radha. Women in the town responded by chasing him away. Today women from Barsana "beat" the men from Krishna's village of Nandgaon with sticks for singing provocative songs and throwing colored powder on them.



A man daubed in colored powder smiles as he celebrates "Lathmar Holi" in the village of Nandgaon in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. In a Holi tradition unique to Nandgaon and Barsana villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then "beat" them with bamboo sticks called "lathis". Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India.

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People throw colored powder as they celebrate "Lathmar Holi" in Nandgaon, India. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)
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A child pauses as villagers smear themselves with colors during the Lathmar Holi festival at the Nandji Temple in Nandgaon, India.
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An Indian Hindu family watches as a man from Nandgaon is hit with a stick on his shield by a woman from Barsana during Lathmar Holi in Barsana, India. According to tradition which has its roots in Hindu mythology men from Lord Krishna's village of Nandgaon are beaten by the women of Barsana, home of Lord Krishna's lover Radha. It is said that Lord Krishna's relatives used to tease Radha and her friends and were beaten by them in return. Even to this day, marriage between the two villages are not permitted.
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A man daubed in colored powder lies on the ground as he celebrates "Lathmar Holi" in Nandgaon, India.
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An old man daubed in colored powder celebrates "Lathmar Holi" at Barsana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

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