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People celebrate Holi at the main temple of Nandgaon near Mathura on Tuesday. PTI

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The traditional ‘Lathamar Holi’ started with pomp at Barsana village, as couples celebrated the colourful festival with utmost zeal amid a tight security put in place by district authorities. PTI

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The annual event, said to be observed for last 5000 years in Barsana and Nandgaon villages is welcomed with enthusiasm and historical pride. Celebrated in the villages a few days before Holi, ‘Lathamar’ means ‘playing with sticks’. PTI

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The celebration of Holi here is marked by a fine blending of music and dance by local youngsters who enthral the visitors from across the globe. Reuters

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This year, the gala event saw several thousand domestic and foreign tourists enjoying the thrill that this unique festival provides. Reuters

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Hindu devotees take part in the religious festival of Holi in Nandgaon village. Reuters

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People throw coloured powder during Holi celebrations in the town of Barsana in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Reuters