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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Holi in Barsana, India

Holi Mayhem! Strong red gulal powder is flung from the rooftop of the main temple in Barsana onto Holi revellers below. There is a lot of testosterone and machismo among the male Holi revellers, many of whom get 'high' on a narcotic. In this picture, the group being targetted with the gulal were exchanging verbal vulgarities and physical gestures with the men throwing the gulal and sticky red water mixture down.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Mathura, India
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Joyce Le Mesurier