Happy Holi week of colors
MANILA, Philippines – Breaking centuries-old tradition, around 1,000 widows living in the holy city of Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India celebrated the Holi festival at the Meera Sahabhagini ashram.
In a symbolic gesture, the widows participated in the celebration by throwing colored powder called "gulal" and spraying colored water on each other, unlike the previous year where they only sprinkled flower petals.
Widows are considered social outcasts in Indian society and usually refrain from celebrating the festival.
The event was organized by Sulabh International, an Indian NGO trying to improve the condition of widows who are living in government shelter homes. (READ: Holi Festival 2014: Bring color to the Philippines)
Apart from India and Hindu-populated countries like Nepal, the festival has also spread in other parts of the world as a celebration of the triumph of good over evil.
See photos and video of the colorful festivities this week from India all the way to America below.
Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Siliguri, West Bengal, India
New Delhi, India
Calcutta, Eastern India
Jammu, Kashmir, India
Sidi Dhrif, Tunis, Tunisia
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
– with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com