Thousands of Hindu devotees take part and celebrate 'Lathmar Holi' in Nandgaon, Uttar Pradesh. Photo: Shashi Sharma/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images
A group of Indian children paint themselves silver in Indore in 2015. Photo: Shankar Mourya/Hindustan Times/Getty Images
Widows seen playing Holi at century old 'Pagal Baba Ashram' on 3 March 2015 in Vrindavan. Photo: Shashi Sharma/Pacific Press/BI/Getty Images
Bangladeshi youth play with colored powders during Holi celebrations at the Fine Arts Institute at Dhaka University on 8 March 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Barcro/Getty Images
People celebrate on 29 March 2015 in Medan, Indonesia. Photo: Y T Haryono/Barcroft Media/Getty Images
Iraqi youths holding water guns in Baghdad on 10 April 2015 in support of Iraqi troops and Popular Mobilisation Units fighting against the Islamic State (IS) group. Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye/Getty images
Revelers throw colours on 9 May 2015 in Brooklyn, New York City. Photo: Cem Ozdel/AnadoluAgency/Getty Images
Moscow, Russia. Photo: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
A girl is seen with coloured powder on her face at Luzhniki park on 23 May 2015 in Moscow, Russia. Photo: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Moscow. Photo: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Luzhniki park on 23 May 2015 in Moscow, Russia. Photo: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Burgos, north of Spain on 23 May 2015. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty Images
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People throw colourful powder during the Holi Festival of Colors in Zouk Mosbeh region in Lebanon, Beirut on 25 July 2015. Photo: Ratib Al Safadi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Palestinian youth covered with coloured powder take part in the "Festival of Colours" organised in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 20 August 2015. Photo: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images
People participate in the annual Color Run after party in Centennial Park in Sydney on 23 August. Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images
People participate in the annual Color Run after party on 12 September 2015 in Lausanne. Photo: Fabrice Cofrini/AFP/Getty Images
Participants run through coloured powders during the Color Run on 12 September 2015 in Lausanne. Photo: Fabrice Cofrini/AFP/Getty Images
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Nandgaon's Lathmar Holi celebrations on 18 March this year. Photo: Francois Xavier Marit/AFP/Getty Images
21 pictures that prove Holi is now a global festival
Even as India turns kaleidoscopic, exploding in a plethora of colours on the occasion of Holi, it seems the festival of colours has outstripped curry and Priyanka Chopra as India's most popular export.
From neighbouring Bangladesh, where Muslims joined their Hindu neighbours in revelry to Russia where scores of Russians celebrated with colours in public parks, the thrill of playing Holi knows no borders.
While earlier, Holi celebrations may have been the preserve of the Indian diaspora abroad, today's Holi knows no religion, race or ceremony. Deviating from the religious origins of the festival, Holi has now spawned The Colour Run, a Holi-inspired 5-kilometre fun run that has now spread to 200 cities in over 40 countries worldwide.
Holi's popularity is showing no signs of slowing down either. Hopefully, with everyone covered in colour, we'll be able to see past our individual differences and find the sense of oneness this world is so desperately lacking.
Text: Ranjan Crasta
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