India elephant painted red with sunburst. Photograph by Charles Fréger. Maharajas once carried jeweled ankus as emblems of their power. These days mahouts use wooden sticks to control the elephants, since the sharp hook of the ankus has been outlawed.
INDIA - Holi, the Festival of Colors, is celebrated as a welcoming of Spring, and a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. Colorful paint, powder and water are being playfully splashed as people chase each other.