Lathmar Holi Photos: Women Beat Men with Sticks in Hindu Festival of Color

Pilgrims and tourists gathered in the town of Barsana in northern India to celebrate Lathmar Holi, which precedes the Hindu festival of color. Men from the neighbouring village of Nandgaon sing provocative songs at women from Barsana, who then use huge wooden sticks to "beat" the men as they crouch on the ground while holding shields. The festival marks the onset of spring and represents a time of forgiveness, renewed friendship and the triumph of good over evil.Adnan Abidi/Reuters
Indian women beat men with sticks during celebrations of Lathmar Holi (the Hindu Festival of Color) in Barsana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Dominique Faget/AFP

Men sing provocative songs at women, who then use huge wooden sticks to "beat" the men as they crouch on the ground holding shields.

A woman beats a man with a stick (lathi) during Lathmar Holi celebrations, which precedes the Hindu festival of Holi.Dominique Faget/AFP
Hindu devotees throw colored powder at Sriji temple in Barsana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.AFP
Hindu devotees celebrate Holi, the spring festival of colors, during a gathering at a temple in Nandgaon village in Uttar Pradesh state.Dominique Faget/AFP
Hindu devotees throw colored water at each other inside a temple in Nandgaon village, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.Adnan Abidi/Reuters
Hindu devotees throw colored powder over each other at a temple in the village of Nandgaon in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state.Dominique Faget/AFP
Hindu devotees celebrate Lathmar Holi inside a temple in Nandgaon village, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, northern India.Adnan Abidi/Reuters
A man is covered in red powder after Lathmar Holi celebrations at a temple in the village of Nandgaon.Adnan Abidi/Reuters
People are covered in red powder after celebrating the spring Festival of Color at a Hindu temple in northern India. Adnan Abidi/Reuters
A man sits in a puddle of red water at a temple in Nandgaon in the state of Uttar Pradesh.Adnan Abidi/Reuters
Indian women with sticks (lathi) wait for the celebrations for Lathmar Holi in Barsana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Dominique Faget/AFP
Indian women beat men with sticks (lathi) during celebrations for Lathmar Holi in Barsana.Dominique Faget/AFP
Hindu devotees celebrate Lathmar Holi at a temple in Nandgaon village in Uttar Pradesh state. Dominique Faget/AFP