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Monday, 20 March, 2000, 16:34 GMT
In pictures: India's colourful festival
India is a awash with colour as Holi, a Hindu festival that marks the advent of spring, is celebrated by people splashing coloured powder or liquid on one another.


In Delhi, revellers get into the spirit of things

Young Indian men painted in silver
Young Indians celebrate in style in Calcutta

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of US President Bill Clinton, at the palace of the Maharajah of Jodhpur
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of the US president, at the palace of the Maharajah of Jodhpur


Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is painted with festive Holi colours

Revellers in Dehli throw paint in the air
Delhi families get into the party mood

People in New Delhi throw coloured powder over a motorcyclist
A motorcyclist in New Delhi cannot avoid the festivities

Painted man is soaked by waterhose in New Delhi
It will take a lot of water to clean up after the party
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