The Holi festival, which marks the onset of spring, is being celebrated across India.
Also known as the festival of colour, Holi marks the victory of good over evil.
Revellers smear each other with coloured powder, hand out sweets and take part in processions.
People from all walks of life come onto the streets for the Hindu celebration.
The festival serves a reminder to take care of the less privileged in society.
All the revellers, including here Indian Central Reserve Police Force soldiers in Amritsar, are daubed with coloured powder.
Women celebrate in the West Bengal city of Siliguri. In the Bengal region, the festival is called Vasantotsav.
Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi joins the fun in Delhi.
Holi is celebrated in other parts of the sub-continent, like in Dhaka, Bangladesh...
...and in Kathmandu, Nepal.