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Friday, 29 March, 2002, 14:35 GMT
In pictures: India's Holi festival
India observes the Hindu festival of Holi, traditionally one of the country's most exuberant religious holidays. Celebrations were muted this year by fears of further communal bloodshed, and security was tight.

Troops in Ahmedabad, Gujarat's largest city
Security forces were taking no chances, clamping curfews on many parts of Gujarat.

A watchful soldier and a Holi reveller
Despite the tight security, many Indians joined in the celebrations

Delhi crowd
A crowd in Delhi celebrates in the traditional way, smearing brightly coloured powder on each other

A tourist in Delhi with a policeman
But one tourist was unhappy about getting in the way

Faces of Holi in Bombay and Bangalore
Little violence was reported, and many enjoyed the day.

See also:

29 Mar 02 | South Asia
Curfews keep India festival quiet
24 Mar 02 | South Asia
Rights panel censures Gujarat
20 Mar 02 | South Asia
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