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.

Image by Abhijit Kar Gupta on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Image by Abhijit Kar Gupta on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Image by Abhijit Kar Gupta on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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