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March 27, 2013
2013 Holi Festival in India, part two

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Bollywood's biggest star, Amitabh Bachchan, wants his fans to enjoy a dry Holi and save water during the Hindu festival of colors because of a drought in western India.

Bachchan said on his Facebook page Tuesday that "I have expressed that we play a dry Holi without water." The 70-year-old actor known as "Big B" posted similar notes on his other social media accounts, which are followed by millions.

The Holi festival on Wednesday is celebrated by playing with dry colors as well as colored water.

Several districts in the western Indian state of Maharashtra face severe drought after receiving far less than their usual share of rain during last year's monsoon. Local residents say they are finding it difficult to get enough drinking water, and hundreds of cattle farmers have taken their animals to government-run camps for water and fodder.

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Indians throw colored powder during Holi festival celebrations in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Holi, the festival of colors celebrates the arrival of spring among other things. AP / Mahesh Kumar A
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An Indian child, face smeared with colored powder, celebrates Holi festival in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, March. 27, 2013. AP / Rajanish Kakade
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A woman, drenched in colored water, cover s the face of a child as they ride a rickshaw past people celebrating Holi festival outside Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Hindu devotees throw colored powder on each other inside Banke Bihari temple during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Indian devotees raise their hands as colored water is sprayed on them by a Hindu priest during a Holi celebration at the Swaminarayan temple in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Ajit Solanki
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Indian devotees raise their hands as colored water is sprayed on them by a Hindu priest during a Holi celebration at the Swaminarayan temple in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Ajit Solanki
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Indian devotees raise their hands as colored water is sprayed on them by a Hindu priest during a Holi celebration at the Swaminarayan temple in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Ajit Solanki
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Indian devotees raise their hands as colored water is sprayed on them by a Hindu priest during a Holi celebration at the Swaminarayan temple in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Ajit Solanki
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Colored powder falls on a Hindu devotee as he prays at the Banke Bihari temple ahead of Holi festival in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Hindu devotees throw colored powder on each other inside Banke Bihari temple during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Hindu devotees throw colored water on each other inside Banke Bihari temple during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Hindu devotees throw colored powder on each other inside Banke Bihari temple during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Hindu devotees covered with colored powder shout religious slogans inside Banke Bihari temple during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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A Hindu priest sprays colored water towards devotees inside Banke Bihari temple during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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A man pours a bucket full of colored water on a passing Hindu woman in a small alleyway during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Hindu devotees chant religious slogans amid dust from colored powder inside Banke Bihari temple during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Indian children react to camera as they celebrate Holi festival with colors and water in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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A man, left, waits with a bucket full of colored water while another man throws colored water at a passing Hindu woman in a small alleyway during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Hindu devotees chant religious slogans amid dust from colored powder inside Banke Bihari temple during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Hindu devotees play with colored powder during Holi festival celebrations in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Mahesh Kumar A
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A physically disabled child reacts in joy as his teacher applies colored powder during Holi festival celebrations in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Rajanish Kakade
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Physically disabled children react to camera as they play with colored powder during Holi festival celebrations in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Rajanish Kakade
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Indian women smear colors on each others faces as they celebrate "Holi", the Indian festival of colors in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh
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Hindu devotees play with colored powder during Holi festival celebrations in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Mahesh Kumar A
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Hindu devotees celebrate seeing the deity of Krishna inside Banke Bihari temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Kevin Frayer
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A young Hindu devotee sits covered in colored dye at the Banke Bihari temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Hindu devotees crowd the entrance as they push to get inside Banke Bihari temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Hindu devotees celebrate seeing the deity of Krishna inside Banke Bihari temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, during Holi festival celebrations in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian uses water gun as he and others celebrate "Holi," the Indian festival of colors in New Delhi, India , Wednesday, March 27, 2013 AP / Manish Swarup
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Indian boys smear wet mud on to their friend during Holi celebrations in New Delhi, India , Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Manish Swarup
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Indians put color on each other as they greet during "Holi", the Indian festival of colors in New Delhi, India , Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Manish Swarup
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Indian youth play with colored powder during Holi festival celebrations in Jammu, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Channi Anand
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Indian youth play with colored powder during Holi festival celebrations in Jammu, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Channi Anand
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Indian youth smear color on each other's faces during Holi festival celebrations in Jammu, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Channi Anand
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Indians dance in artificial rain as part of Holi festival celebrations in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Mahesh Kumar A
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An Indian throws colored powder as people walk past during Holi celebrations outside Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Indians throw colored powder on each other as they celebrate Holi outside Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Indians, their faces smeared with color and glitter, dance as water is sprinkled on them during Holi celebrations in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that also marks the advent of spring, is being celebrated across the country Wednesday. AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh
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An Indian girl, face smeared with colored powder, celebrates the Holi festival in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Rajanish Kakade
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An Indian, face smeared with colored powder, celebrates Holi in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, March. 27, 2013. AP / Rajanish Kakade
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Indian girls, faces smeared with colored powder, celebrate the Holi festival in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Rajanish Kakade
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Indians, their faces smeared with color and glitter, dance during Holi celebrations in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh
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Colored powder envelops an Indian during holi celebrations outside Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Indians, their faces smeared with color and glitter, dance as water is sprinkled on them during Holi celebrations in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh
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Indian children play with colored powder during Holi festival in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, March. 27, 2013. AP / Sucheta Das
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Indians, faces smeared with colored powder, dance during Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, March. 27, 2013. AP / Anupam Nath
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An Indian sprays colored water on others during holi celebrations outside Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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A Hindu woman stands on a floor covered with colored powder as devotees celebrate holi festival inside the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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An Indian girl tries to block colored water being sprayed on her during Holi festival in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, March. 27, 2013. AP / Sucheta Das
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An Indian boy throws colored water on passers-by during holi celebrations outside Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Indian Border Security Force soldiers smear colored powder on each other's faces as they celebrate Holi, inside their base camp on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Mukhtar Khan
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Indian widows watch a traditional dancer during Holi celebrations, or the festival of colors, at an event organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India on Sunday, March 24, 2013. The widows, many of whom at times have lived desperate lives in the streets of the temple town, celebrated Holi for the first time at the century old ashram. The women were banished by their families after their husband's deaths to the town where devotees believe Lord Krishna was born, for supposedly bringing bad luck. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian widows throw flowers during Holi celebrations, or the festival of colors, at an event organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India on Sunday, March 24, 2013. AP / Kevin Frayer
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A traditional dancer lays on the ground after spinning until she passed out while entertaining widows during Holi celebrations, or the festival of colors, at an event organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India on Sunday, March 24, 2013. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian widow dressed as a consort of Lord Krishna walks as others throw flowers during Holi celebrations, or the festival of colors, at an event organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India on Sunday, March 24, 2013. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Hindu widow throws red colored powder on two others as they dance as part of Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Hindu widows covers her face as colored powder is thrown in the air during Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian Hindu widows stand in a cloud of colored powder as they wait to throw flowers as part of Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Hindu widow walks with a cane as flowers fall from above during Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian Hindu widows throw colored powder during Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian Hindu widows in costume dance during Holi celebrations organized by the NGO Sulabh at the Meera Sahbhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. AP / Kevin Frayer

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