The Hindu festival of Holi is a joyous, colourful celebration of the arrival of spring. It is also known as the Festival of Colours, because it is celebrated in clouds of coloured powders and liquids.

Revellers chase each other, throwing coloured powder or firing water pistols filled with coloured water. The mock battles take place on the streets and parks, and anyone is fair game. Holi is celebrated on the full moon nearest the spring equinox.

IBTimesUK presents a gallery of photos from this year's festivities.

Coloured water is thrown at a man during Holi, the Festival of Colours, in the southern Indian city of Chennai
Coloured water is thrown at a man during Holi, the Festival of Colours, in the southern Indian city of ChennaiReuters
A boy sits in a container filled with coloured powder and water during Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai
A boy sits in a container filled with coloured powder and water during Holi celebrations in the southern Indian city of ChennaiReuters
Hindu priests throws coloured powder on devotees during Holi celebrations at Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh
Hindu priests throws coloured powder on devotees during Holi celebrations at Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar PradeshReuters
A Hindu priest throws coloured powder at devotees at Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan
A Hindu priest throws coloured powder at devotees at Bankey Bihari temple in VrindavanReuters
Hindu devotees raise their hands as they are sprayed with colour outside a temple in Ahmedabad
Hindu devotees raise their hands as they are sprayed with colour outside a temple in AhmedabadReuters
A student of Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata reacts as her fellow students apply coloured powder to her face
A student of Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata reacts as her fellow students apply coloured powder to her faceReuters
Devotees are soaked with coloured water as they sit singing hymns during Holi celebrations at Shamlal Ji temple in Kolkata
Devotees are soaked with coloured water as they sit singing hymns during Holi celebrations at Shamlal Ji temple in KolkataReuters
A boy smeared with colours is dragged by his friends in Chennai
A boy smeared with colours is dragged by his friends in ChennaiReuters
A Hindu woman prays while lying on the floor of a temple during Holi celebrations in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad
A Hindu woman prays while lying on the floor of a temple during Holi celebrations in the western Indian city of AhmedabadReuters
A girl reacts as a friend throws coloured powder at her in Chennai
A girl reacts as a friend throws coloured powder at her in ChennaiReuters
A boy covered in coloured powder smiles in New Delhi
A boy covered in coloured powder smiles in New DelhiReuters
A man takes a direct hit at the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan
A man takes a direct hit at the Bankey Bihari temple in VrindavanReuters
Hindu devotees react as they are sprayed with coloured water at Bankey Bihari temple
Hindu devotees react as they are sprayed with coloured water at Bankey Bihari templeReuters
People daubed in colours dance as they celebrate Holi in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati
People daubed in colours dance as they celebrate Holi in the northeastern Indian city of GuwahatiReuters
Students cover their teacher in coloured powders at a school in Ahmedabad
Students cover their teacher in coloured powders at a school in AhmedabadReuters
A man daubed in coloured powder poses for a picture at a temple in Nandgaon, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh
A man daubed in coloured powder poses for a picture at a temple in Nandgaon, in the northern Indian state of Uttar PradeshReuters
People are splattered with colour during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan
People are splattered with colour during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari temple in VrindavanReuters
A girl sits on her father's shoulders in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati
A girl sits on her father's shoulders in the northeastern Indian city of GuwahatiReuters
A boy sits under a tap to wash the coloured powder off in Chennai
A boy sits under a tap to wash the coloured powder off in ChennaiReuters