Festive fervour: India celebrates Lathmar Holi

Women beat men with sticks as they celebrate Lathmar Holi in Barsana near Mathura.  In the Lathmar Holi, the women of Barsana (hometown of Radha) beat the men from Nandgaon (Krishna's home town) with wooden sticks in response to their teasing.
Women beat men with sticks as they celebrate Lathmar Holi in Barsana near Mathura.

In the Lathmar Holi, the women of Barsana (hometown of Radha) beat the men from Nandgaon (Krishna's home town) with wooden sticks in response to their teasing.
In a Holi tradition unique to Nandgaon and Barsana villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then "beat" them with lathis.
In a Holi tradition unique to Nandgaon and Barsana villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then "beat" them with lathis.
Women of Barsana beating men of Nandgaon  with sticks during Lathmaar Holi. (PTI)
Women of Barsana beating men of Nandgaon with sticks during Lathmaar Holi. (PTI)
Scores of devotees smeared with colours, sing and dance at the Nandagram temple during Lathmar Holi in Nandgaon. (AP)
Scores of devotees smeared with colours, sing and dance at the Nandagram temple during Lathmar Holi in Nandgaon. (AP)
What Fun  - Foreign tourists are smeared in colours as locals throw water on them at Nandagram temple. (AP)
What Fun - Foreign tourists are smeared in colours as locals throw water on them at Nandagram temple. (AP)
A devotee throws colours on the cheering crowd in Nandgaon village. (Reuters)
A devotee throws colours on the cheering crowd in Nandgaon village. (Reuters)
Eunuchs dance as colours are thrown at the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi. (AP)
Eunuchs dance as colours are thrown at the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi. (AP)
People dance as others splash coloured water on them in Nandgaon village. (Reuters)
People dance as others splash coloured water on them in Nandgaon village. (Reuters)
A man covered with coloured water dances at a temple in Nandgaon village. (Reuters)
A man covered with coloured water dances at a temple in Nandgaon village. (Reuters)
Devotees smeared with colours play holy at the Nandagram temple. (AP)
Devotees smeared with colours play holy at the Nandagram temple. (AP)
Devotees covered in coloured water and powder rest after participating in the festival in Nandgaon. (AP)
Devotees covered in coloured water and powder rest after participating in the festival in Nandgaon. (AP)

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