AP PHOTOS: Colors come out as Hindus celebrate Holi festival

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A tourist squints as local man puts colored powder on her face during the celebration of Holi in Kolkata, India, Thursday, March 1, 2018.  (AP Photo/B...
Locals dance during Holi festival celebrations in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this Feb. 28, 2018 photo, locals light up a color smoke candle as a procession of Hindu's lord Krishna's chariot moves through a street during Holi...
The face of a woman is smeared with colored powder during Holi, the Hindu festival of colors in Kolkata, India, Thursday, March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Bik...
Locals dance on a street and celebrate Holi in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. The festival also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Bik...
Local girls strike a pose as they play with colored powder during Holi in Jammu, India, Thursday, March 1, 2018. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors. (...
Girls smear colored powder on each other as they celebrate Holi in Jammu, India, Thursday, March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
A local man throws color as another plays a traditional drum during Holi celebrations in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Thursday, March 1, 2018. The festival marks...
Locals play with masks and colored powder during Holi festival celebrations in Jammu, India, Thursday, March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

A tourist squints as local man puts colored powder on her face during the celebration of Holi in Kolkata, India, Thursday, March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/B...

Locals dance during Holi festival celebrations in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

In this Feb. 28, 2018 photo, locals light up a color smoke candle as a procession of Hindu's lord Krishna's chariot moves through a street during Holi...

The face of a woman is smeared with colored powder during Holi, the Hindu festival of colors in Kolkata, India, Thursday, March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Bik...

Locals dance on a street and celebrate Holi in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. The festival also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Bik...

Local girls strike a pose as they play with colored powder during Holi in Jammu, India, Thursday, March 1, 2018. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors. (...

Girls smear colored powder on each other as they celebrate Holi in Jammu, India, Thursday, March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

A local man throws color as another plays a traditional drum during Holi celebrations in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Thursday, March 1, 2018. The festival marks...

Locals play with masks and colored powder during Holi festival celebrations in Jammu, India, Thursday, March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

NEW DELHI (AP) — Winter ends, spring arrives and the colors come out.

Across India and Nepal, millions of Hindus are celebrating Holi, the joyous festival of color, smearing one another with colored powder and spraying each other with squirt guns.

The two-day festival of Holi is mainly celebrated on Friday this year, but has countless variants and traditions, and some festivals began days ago. By Thursday afternoon, it was easy to find office workers in central New Delhi with their faces smeared red and yellow.

While its roots are religious, tied in many ways to the god Krishna, Holi is also seen as a celebration of good versus evil, and of a good harvest.