Every year, Hindus around the world celebrate Holi Festival: the festival of colours. The event attracts many non-Hindus to take part, too, with hundreds of people gathering to throw coloured powder at one another – a tradition supposedly started by Krishna as a young boy when he used to throw paint over the gopis (milkmaids).

The result, of course, is a total, rainbow-coloured mess and makes for some striking photographs. Here are a few of the best photos from Holi Festival 2016.

Holi celebration in Jaipur Holi celebration in Jaipur
INDIA-RELIGION-FESTIVAL-HOLI 23 Mar 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Bengal --- Bangladeshi students throw coloured powder during Holi celebrations at the Fine Arts Institute of Dhakeshwari on March 23, 2016. The Holi festival is celebrated to mark the onset of spring, with people from all walks of life coming out on the streets and applying coloured powder to anyone and everyone upon the advent of spring. (Photo by Sony Ramany/NurPhoto) --- Image by © Sony Ramany/NurPhoto/Corbis

Painting the town red, pink, green and yellow: Holi Festival 2016 in pictures: Holi festival of colors in India and Nepal.© Kristin F. Ruhs/Shutterstock 

Holi festival in Bangladesh INDIA-VRINDAVAN-HOLI-STREET CELEBRATION

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