AP Photos: Joyous explosions of color for Holi festival

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A girl's face is smeared in color as she celebrates Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Mumbai, India, Friday, March. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Rajanish K...
In this Thursday, March 1, 2018, file photo, Locals smear colors on a girl's face as they celebrate "Holi," in Allahabad, India. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kuma...
Indians throw colored powder on each other during Holi festival celebrations in Hyderabad, India, Friday, March 2, 2018. (AP Photo /Mahesh Kumar A.)
A girl reacts as colored powder is thrown at her during celebration of Holi in Mumbai, India, Friday, March. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
In this Thursday, March 1, 2018, file photo, locals dance around a bonfire during Holi festival celebrations in Allahabad, India. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kum...
A man throws flowers out to devotees during Holi festival celebration at the Lord Jagannath temple in Ahmadabad, India, Friday, March 2, 2018. (AP Pho...
Locals throw colored powder on each other during Holi festival celebrations in Hyderabad, India, Friday, March 2, 2018. (AP Photo /Mahesh Kumar A.)
Indian revelers, faces smeared with colored powder, dance during celebrations to mark Holi, the Hindu festival of colors in Allahabad, India, Friday, ...
A man's face is smeared with color by another during festivities for Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Mumbai, India, Friday, March. 2, 2018. (AP...
Hindu devotees dance amid colored powder and flowers thrown on them during Holi festival celebration at the Lord Jagannath temple in Ahmadabad, India,...
A  girl's face is smeared in color as she celebrates Holi in Mumbai, India, Friday, March. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

A girl's face is smeared in color as she celebrates Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Mumbai, India, Friday, March. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Rajanish K...

In this Thursday, March 1, 2018, file photo, Locals smear colors on a girl's face as they celebrate "Holi," in Allahabad, India. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kuma...

Indians throw colored powder on each other during Holi festival celebrations in Hyderabad, India, Friday, March 2, 2018. (AP Photo /Mahesh Kumar A.)

A girl reacts as colored powder is thrown at her during celebration of Holi in Mumbai, India, Friday, March. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

In this Thursday, March 1, 2018, file photo, locals dance around a bonfire during Holi festival celebrations in Allahabad, India. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kum...

A man throws flowers out to devotees during Holi festival celebration at the Lord Jagannath temple in Ahmadabad, India, Friday, March 2, 2018. (AP Pho...

Locals throw colored powder on each other during Holi festival celebrations in Hyderabad, India, Friday, March 2, 2018. (AP Photo /Mahesh Kumar A.)

Indian revelers, faces smeared with colored powder, dance during celebrations to mark Holi, the Hindu festival of colors in Allahabad, India, Friday, ...

A man's face is smeared with color by another during festivities for Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Mumbai, India, Friday, March. 2, 2018. (AP...

Hindu devotees dance amid colored powder and flowers thrown on them during Holi festival celebration at the Lord Jagannath temple in Ahmadabad, India,...

A girl's face is smeared in color as she celebrates Holi in Mumbai, India, Friday, March. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Millions of faces were smeared red and green, yellow and purple. Streets were splashed with colored powder. And countless water balloons burst across India and Nepal in the annual Hindu festival of Holi.

The festival, a celebration of warm weather, good harvests and the defeat of evil, brings out millions of people, from toddlers to the elderly, to throw powder at one another and play with water balloons and squirt guns. The two-day festival is mostly celebrated Friday.

But it has a seamier side too, with plenty of partiers fueled by alcohol or the cannabis-based drink bhang, and many women complain of groping amid the crowds of people.

New Delhi police have warned in recent days that they would crack down on drunken drivers, people throwing water balloons at passersby and stores selling balloons more than 2 centimeters (0.8 inches) long.