Photos of Holi Spring Festival of Colors in India

Spring Awakening: India Celebrates Festival of Colors

Anything goes in India this week as people welcome Spring with a weeklong festival of colors. The festival, much like Mardi Gras, is a celebration of mischief and merrymaking, but the holiday honors Hindi mythology instead of commencing Christian Lent.

Wednesday was Holi, the main day determined by the full moon, and people celebrated by throwing colorful powder and water at each other. Though it's mostly done in fun today, historically the powder had medicinal significance. Medical herbs were thrown on people to ward off any sickness the changing seasons bring.