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Widows in India are typically marginalized and hidden from public sight, but one group is seeking to change that.

India and Nepal are once again celebrating Holi, the annual Hindu festival of colors.

India and Nepal are once again celebrating Holi, the annual Hindu festival of colors.

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The festival marks the arrival of spring and the victory of good over evil, with revelers celebrating by throwing colored power, water, and flower petals.

The festival marks the arrival of spring and the victory of good over evil, with revelers celebrating by throwing colored power, water, and flower petals.

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But one marginalized group of Indian society is typically kept away from the festivities: widows.

But one marginalized group of Indian society is typically kept away from the festivities: widows.

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Under Hindu custom, widows must traditionally spend their lives in mourning, and they are often considered bad luck and shunned from major celebrations. Some are even abandoned on the streets by family.

Under Hindu custom, widows must traditionally spend their lives in mourning, and they are often considered bad luck and shunned from major celebrations. Some are even abandoned on the streets by family.

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But during this year’s festivities one charity sought to change all that…

But during this year's festivities one charity sought to change all that...

Hindu widow Vindai Sori, 90, poses for a portrait after celebrating Holi. Bernat Armangue / AP

The Meera Sahabhagini Widows Ashram in Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh held Holi celebrations for the abandoned widows it houses.

The Meera Sahabhagini Widows Ashram in Vrindavan in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh held Holi celebrations for the abandoned widows it houses.

Hindu widow Leela Sarkar, 80, poses for a portrait after celebrating Holi. Bernat Armangue / AP

The gathering was organized on Tuesday by aid agency Sulabh International.

The gathering was organized on Tuesday by aid agency Sulabh International.

Hindu widow Bhubhu Ladashi, 72, poses for a portrait after celebrating Holi. Bernat Armangue / AP

Associated Press photographer Bernat Armangué was invited to document the celebration, and take these stunning portraits.

Associated Press photographer Bernat Armangué was invited to document the celebration, and take these stunning portraits.

Widow Tara Devi, 70, poses for a portrait after celebrating Holi. Bernat Armangue / AP

For many of the women, it was the first time in years they were given the chance to joyfully celebrate the new season.

For many of the women, it was the first time in years they were given the chance to joyfully celebrate the new season.

Hindu widow Oruna poses for a portrait after celebrating Holi. Bernat Armangue / AP

Their happiness was self-evident.

Their happiness was self-evident.

Hindu widow Kalani Dashi, 70, poses for a portrait after celebrating Holi. Bernat Armangue / AP

Here’s to showing that losing a husband doesn’t have to mean losing your own life too.

Here's to showing that losing a husband doesn't have to mean losing your own life too.

Hindu widow Uma, 65, poses for a portrait after celebrating Holi. Bernat Armangue / AP

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