Indian devotees throw coloured powder during celebrations for Lathmar Holi in Barsana on the outskirts of Mathura in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Holi, also known as the festival of colour, was celebrated with zeal and vigour to mark the end of the winter season and to welcome the arrival of spring. The annual event is celebrated with colour, singing, dancing, drum playing and bonfires. Participants chase and cover each other in coloured powder to celebrate the colours of spring. In another ritual, women perform a ‘mock beating’ where they use sticks to beat the men of the local village.