Celebrating Holi (hindi: होली) in one of the many temples of Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India. Holi is a religious festival celebrated colourfully by hindus in most of northern India and other neighbouring countries. During the main day of Holi (8 march in 2012), people throw coloured powder, parfumes and water at each other in temples and in the streets. In most areas Holi lasts about two days but in the region of Mathura and Vrindavan it is celebrated much more intensely, lasting about two weeks.
For tourist Holi can be an extremely interesting and intense experience. Foreigners are particularly targeted and usually get a good amount of colored powder and water. Sometimes overexcited drunk people in the streets can exaggerate and become violent, especially with girls. In the temples, on the contrary, the atmosphere is much more respectful.