Celebrated at the beginning of spring, the Hindu Holi festival sees colourful scenes erupt throughout India and Nepal. The two-day-long celebration, which starts on the Purnima (the day of the full moon), holds mythical importance – that good will triumph over evil. It is also associated with the eternal love of Lord Krishna and his consort Radha.

On the first day, known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi, rituals marking the burning of demoness Holika take place. This is followed by the main festival where people celebrate by dancing, singing and smearing each other with coloured powder.