Hundreds of people from across India gathered at Barsana, a small village near Mathura in India, to play Lathmar Holi.
Men from the neighboring village of Nandgaon come to this village and play Lathmar Holi with the women in Barsana village. They play on the compound of the Radha Rani temple in the village.
The men from the neighboring village sing provocative songs to attract the attention of the native women. The women try to beat these men with sticks while the men use shields to protect themselves.
The story behind Lathmar Holi is that Lord Krishna visited Barsana to playfully tease his beloved Radha and her friends, known as gopis, by throwing colored water on them. Taking it as an offense, Radha and her friends chased Krishna to beat him up.
Holi is celebrated for 16 days in Vrindavan and Mathura, where lord Krishna grew up.
Holi, also known as festival of colors, is a religious spring festival. The festival is most celebrated in the Braj region - Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon, and Barsana - which are related to Lord Krishna. During the festival, these places become major tourist attractions.
The main day of Holi, also known as Dhuli in Sanskrit, is celebrated in many parts of India with revelers sprinkling colored water and smearing colored powder on one another.
This year, the main Holi day falls on March 8.