Revelers covered in blotches of powdered dye celebrate the Indian festival of Holi on March 17 on a boat cruise around Manhattan in New York City. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
During the Hindu festival of Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, participants throw colored powder and water on one another to celebrate the start of spring. Although the holiday is predominantly observed in southeast Asia, cities with large Hindu populations also celebrate with a respectable number of color-packed festivities.
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A couple covered in powdered dye embrace on March 17 during a party celebrating Holi on a boat cruise around Manhattan. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Cruise ship revelry
The powdered dyes used in the festivals often come under scrutiny for the toxic chemicals they contain. In Mumbai, a 13-year-old reveler died of poisoning and hundreds more were hospitalized for conditions ranging from nausea, vomiting, skin rashes and eye injuries.