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lathmar holi festival in the small indian villages of nandgaon and barsana in the northern state of uttar pradesh. men from one village sing provocative songs to gain the attention of the women in the other village, who then pretend to beat them back with bamboo sticks called lathis. the tradition is based on the story of lord krishna and his shepherd friends flirtatiously throwing colours on radha and her cowherd girls, who in turn chased them off with sticks. the festivities are heightened with thandai, a drink laced with a bhang paste made from ganja. photos by daniel berehulak, jan kostal, mahesh kumar and sanjay patel

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