The Hindu festival of Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, begins on 12 March this year, but celebrations have already begun in many Indian states. From Hyderabad to Kolkata, Varanasi and Nandgaon village, people across India are already embracing the colourful powder, while others are still in the process of preparing it. IBTimesUK takes a look at the final preparations and celebrations, leading up to the festival:

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