India celebrates Lathmar Holi: The day women beat up men for teasing!

India | | March 22, 2013, 12:40 pm
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A young villager from Nandgaon soaked in water and colours arrives in the Barsana village.

A young villager from Nandgaon soaked in water and colours arrives in the Barsana village.

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Villagers from Nandgaon arrive in Barsana village during the Lathmar Holy festival.

Villagers from Nandgaon arrive in Barsana village during the Lathmar Holy festival.

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Colored powder is thrown on men from the village of Nandgaon as they sit on the floor while praying at the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holy festival.

Colored powder is thrown on men from the village of Nandgaon as they sit on the floor while praying at the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holy festival.

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Men and women from the Barsana village hit villagers from Nandgaon with wooden sticks during the Lathmar Holi festival.

Men and women from the Barsana village hit villagers from Nandgaon with wooden sticks during the Lathmar Holi festival.

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People from Barsana play with colours during the Lathmar Holi festival.

People from Barsana play with colours during the Lathmar Holi festival.

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An elderly woman devotees reacts to colors at Ladali.

An elderly woman devotees reacts to colors at Ladali.

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Eunuchs dance as colored powder is thrown at them at Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival.

Eunuchs dance as colored powder is thrown at them at Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival.

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Devotees wait outside the Ladali or Radha temple.

Devotees wait outside the Ladali or Radha temple.

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Young boys from Nandgaon soaked in colours arrives in the village during the Lathmar festival.

Young boys from Nandgaon soaked in colours arrives in the village during the Lathmar festival.

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Women from Barsana village hit villagers from Nandgaon with a wooden stick while playing Holi.

Women from Barsana village hit villagers from Nandgaon with a wooden stick while playing Holi.

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A newly-wed woman from Barsana village waits with a wooden stick at the door step of her house, for the arrival of villagers from Nandgaon during the Lathmar Holi festival.

A newly-wed woman from Barsana village waits with a wooden stick at the door step of her house, for the arrival of villagers from Nandgaon during the Lathmar Holi festival.

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A woman from Barsana village hits a villager from Nandgaon with a wooden stick during the festival.

A woman from Barsana village hits a villager from Nandgaon with a wooden stick during the festival.

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A villager from Nandgaon teases a woman from Barsana during the Lathmar HolI festival.

A villager from Nandgaon teases a woman from Barsana during the Lathmar HolI festival.

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Devotees pray at Ladali or Radha temple during the festival.

Devotees pray at Ladali or Radha temple during the festival.

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People of Nangaon throw colored water on each other as they sit on the floor during prayers at the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Krishna, in Barsana. During Lathmar Holi the women of Barsana beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing as they depart the town.

People of Nangaon throw colored water on each other as they sit on the floor during prayers at the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Krishna, in Barsana. During Lathmar Holi the women of Barsana beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing as they depart the town.

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Men from Nangaon are seen covered with colored powder as they sit on the floor offering prayers at the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival, the legendary hometown of Radha.

Men from Nangaon are seen covered with colored powder as they sit on the floor offering prayers at the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival, the legendary hometown of Radha.

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Villagers of Nandgaon are seen covered with colored powder as they sit on the floor of the Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi.

Villagers of Nandgaon are seen covered with colored powder as they sit on the floor of the Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi.

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Men play and joke as they wrestle on the ground of the Radha temple.

Men play and joke as they wrestle on the ground of the Radha temple.

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Woman from Barsana hits villagers from Nandgaon with a wooden stick while playing the Lathmar Holi festival.

Woman from Barsana hits villagers from Nandgaon with a wooden stick while playing the Lathmar Holi festival.

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Barsana women hit villagers from Nandgaon with a wooden stick and play with colours during the Lathmar Holi festival.

Barsana women hit villagers from Nandgaon with a wooden stick and play with colours during the Lathmar Holi festival.