Locals and Indian Hindu widows throw participated in Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south-east of New Delhi, India, on Monday. A few years ago this joyful celebration was forbidden for Hindu widows. Like hundreds of thousands of observant Hindu women, they would have been expected to live out their days in quiet worship, dressed only in white, their very presence being considered inauspicious for all religious festivities.
Today marks the beginning of festivals across India celebrating the birthday of Lord Ganesh. Hindu devotees bring home idols of Lord Ganesh in order to invoke his blessings for wisdom and prosperity during the festival, which culminates with the immersion of the idols in water on September 27.
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