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Last Updated: Tuesday March 06 2007 05:45 GMT

In pictures: India's colourful Holi festival

Thousands of people in India have been taking part in a special festival called Holi to celebrate the start of spring.

Thousands of people in India have been taking part in a special festival called Holi to celebrate the start of spring.

It's also known as the festival of colours as one of the main traditions involves everyone throwing coloured paints at each other.

It's also known as the festival of colours as one of the main traditions involves everyone throwing coloured paints at each other.

In the days before the festival, everyone heads to the shops to buy water pistols, called pitchkari, and bags of coloured dyes, called gulal.

In the days before the festival, everyone heads to the shops to buy water pistols, called pitchkari, and bags of coloured dyes, called gulal.

There are loads of different styles of water pistols for sale, from ones shaped like big plungers to hi-tech backpacks

There are loads of different styles of water pistols for sale, from ones shaped like big plungers to hi-tech backpacks.

Everyone grabs handfuls of the coloured dye from big bags and mixes it with water so they're ready to soak their friends.

Everyone grabs handfuls of the coloured dye from big bags and mixes it with water so they can fill their water pistols.......

Girls covering each other with coloured paints

Then it's time to soak all their friends. What a mess!

And it's not just paint, there mud-fighting too. Looks like fun!

And it's not just paint, there mud-fighting too. Looks like fun!

But luckily there's loads of water being thrown about too to help wash it off

But luckily there's loads of water being thrown about too to help wash it off

These kids hiding on the roof look like they're ready for mischief!

These kids hiding on the roof look like they're ready for mischief!

Women rubbing the coloured powders on each other

Traditionally, people rub the coloured powders onto each others faces to wish each other a happy Holi - but kids find using the water pistols much more fun!

It's not just the kids who get involved. This man was left with a multi-coloured face after he was covered with the  dyes and paint.

This man was left with a really multi-coloured face after greeting family and friends.

Adam got covered in paint while he was filming the festival for Newsround

And look at the state of Adam! He's had a fantastic time filming the festival for Newsround and you can watch his report on Newsround on Tuesday.



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