03/08/2013 16:21 BST | Updated 03/08/2013 16:24 BST

Revellers Put On Colourful Display In London (Pictures)


Revellers threw powder in the air to celebrate a "festival of colours" today against the dramatic backdrop of London's historic Battersea Power Station.

People enjoying the open air Holi One festival were soon covered in brilliant hues as the air was filled with clouds of the brightly coloured powder at a countdown, every hour from 2pm.

Holi is a spring festival celebrated by Hindus, which is observed primarily in India and Nepal but also in Bangladesh and Pakistan. It is also known as Phagwah and Festival of Colours.

The festival celebrates the beginning of spring and the end of winter. People taking part throw coloured powder at each other to celebrate the new season and the London event follows a series of similar occasions at different locations around the world.