If you're finding it unbearable to last between now and the official start of spring (March 20), we'd like to suggest taking a trip to India, because there certainly aren't any winter blues there.

That's partially because Hindus in the country are currently celebrating Holi, sometimes known as the Festival of Light, as a way to mark the start of spring, according to their lunar calendar.

Things typically kick off the night before with bonfires to symbolize how good triumphed over evil, but the main event follows the day after. That's when locals and visitors take to the streets, tossing and pitching each other with coloured powder called "gulal," as well as water.

The festival is particularly friendly to tourists, as most social norms seem to disappear with the clouds of colour. The country's typical caste structure breaks down for the day to let people — regardless of stature, job or wealth — to mingle, mix and have fun. There's even a special drink made from fermented cannabis prepared for Holi called "bhang lassi" that may just put your friend's batch of "special brownies" to shame.

Can't make it to India? Well, the festival's popularity has spread over the years to nearby countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal for more people to enjoy.

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    Students of English and Foreign Languages University(EFL)pose during Holi celebrations in Hyderabad on March 17, 2014. Holi, also called the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO/Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian revellers play with coloured powder during Holi celebrations in Hyderabad on March 17, 2014. Holi, also called the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO/Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian revellers dance as coloured powder and water is sprayed during Holi celebrations in Hyderabad on March 17, 2014. Holi, also called the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO/Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian revellers, cover each other with coloured powder,as they celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colours in the old quarters of New Delhi on March 17,2014. Holi, The Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO /SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian revellers, cover each other with coloured powder,as they celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colours in the old quarters of New Delhi on March 17,2014. Holi, The Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO /SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An Indian revellers sprays others with colours, as they celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colours in the old quarters of New Delhi on March 17,2014. Holi, The Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO /SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian revellers, cover each other with coloured powder,as they celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colours in the old quarters of New Delhi on March 17,2014. Holi, The Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO /SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian widows dressed as Hindu god Lord Krishna and Radha dance with Sulabh International founder Bindeshwari Pathak (2nd R) during Holi celebrations in Vrindavan on March 14, 2014. Breaking centuries-old tradition, around 1,000 widows living in the holy city of Vrindavan celebrated the spring colour festival of Holi at Meera Sahabhagini Sadan in Vrindavan. In a symbolic gesture, the widows celebrated Holi with colours and gulal unlike the previous year where they only sprinkled flower petals over each other. As per Indian tradition, widows are considered social outcasts and refrain from celebrating Holi. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian widows dressed as Hindu god Lord Krishna and Radha dance as Sulabh International founder Bindeshwari Pathak (R) sprinkles flower petals during Holi celebrations in Vrindavan on March 14, 2014. Breaking centuries-old tradition, around 1,000 widows living in the holy city of Vrindavan celebrated the spring colour festival of Holi at Meera Sahabhagini Sadan in Vrindavan. In a symbolic gesture, the widows celebrated Holi with colours and gulal unlike the previous year where they only sprinkled flower petals over each other. As per Indian tradition, widows are considered social outcasts and refrain from celebrating Holi. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An Indian widow, smeared in gulal (colored powder), prays during Holi celebrations in Vrindavan on March 14, 2014. Breaking centuries-old tradition, around 1,000 widows living in the holy city of Vrindavan celebrated the spring colour festival of Holi at Meera Sahabhagini Sadan in Vrindavan. In a symbolic gesture, the widows celebrated Holi with colours and gulal unlike the previous year where they only sprinkled flower petals over each other. As per Indian tradition, widows are considered social outcasts and refrain from celebrating Holi. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian widows celebrate Holi with water and gulal (coloured powder) in Vrindavan on March 14, 2014. Breaking centuries-old tradition, around 1,000 widows living in the holy city of Vrindavan celebrated the spring colour festival of Holi at Meera Sahabhagini Sadan in Vrindavan. In a symbolic gesture, the widows celebrated Holi with colours and gulal unlike the previous year where they only sprinkled flower petals over each other. As per Indian tradition, widows are considered social outcasts and refrain from celebrating Holi. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian revellers smear coloured powder on each other's faces ahead of the Holi festival in Allahabad on March 15, 2014. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO/ SANJAY KANOJIA (Photo credit should read Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An Indian street vendor sells coloured powder, or 'gulal', on the eve of the Hindu festival of Holi in Siliguri on March 15, 2014. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month and will be celebrated on March 16 this year. AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTA (Photo credit should read DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Young Pakistani street vendors sell coloured powder or 'gulal' on the eve of the Hindu festival of Holi in Karachi on March 15, 2014. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in Pakistan at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month and will be celebrated on March 16 this year. AFP PHOTO/Rizwan TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An Indian child adorned with coloured powder takes part in celebrations for the spring festival Holi in Bhubaneswar on March 16, 2014. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO / ASIT KUMAR (Photo credit should read ASIT KUMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian Hindu devotees covered with coloured powder dance during Holi festival celebrations at the Durgiana Temple in Amritsar on March 16, 2014. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A reveller covered in coloured powder poses for a photo as she takes part in Holi celebrations organised by members of South Korea's Indian community at Haeundae beach in the southeastern city of Busan on March 16, 2014. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An Indian child adorned with coloured powder poses for a photograph while taking part in celebrations for the spring festival Holi in Bhubaneswar on March 16, 2014. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO / ASIT KUMAR (Photo credit should read ASIT KUMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Revellers take part in Holi celebrations organised by members of South Korea's Indian community at Haeundae beach in the southeastern city of Busan on March 16, 2014. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian revellers celebrate the Holi festival with coloured powder in Amritsar on March 16, 2014. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian revellers cover each other with coloured powder during celebrations for the Holi festival in Siliguri on March 16, 2014. Holi, the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India and Nepal at the end of winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO / Diptendu DUTTA (Photo credit should read DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian revellers cover each other with coloured powder during celebrations for the Holi festival in Siliguri on March 16, 2014. Holi, the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India and Nepal at the end of winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO / Diptendu DUTTA (Photo credit should read DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian revellers cover each other with coloured powder during celebrations for the Holi festival in Siliguri on March 16, 2014. Holi, the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India and Nepal at the end of winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO / Diptendu DUTTA (Photo credit should read DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian Hindu devotees participate in a Holika Dahan ceremony as part of Holi celebrations in Ahmedabad on March 16, 2014. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Nepalese revellers celebrate the Holi spring festival in Kathmandu on March 16, 2014. The 'Holi' festival of colours is a riotous celebration of the coming of spring and falls on the day after the full moon in March every year. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Nepalese revellers celebrate the Holi spring festival in Kathmandu on March 16, 2014. The 'Holi' festival of colours is a riotous celebration of the coming of spring and falls on the day after the full moon in March every year. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Nepalese revellers celebrate the Holi spring festival in Kathmandu on March 16, 2014. The 'Holi' festival of colours is a riotous celebration of the coming of spring and falls on the day after the full moon in March every year. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A reveller celebrates the Holi spring festival in Kathmandu on March 16, 2014. The 'Holi' festival of colours is a riotous celebration of the coming of spring and falls on the day after the full moon in March every year. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian revellers covered with coloured powder pose for a photograph during celebrations for the Holi festival in Siliguri on March 16, 2014. Holi, the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India and Nepal at the end of winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO / Diptendu DUTTA (Photo credit should read DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Foreign tourists celebrate the Holi spring festival in Kathmandu on March 16, 2014. The 'Holi' festival of colours is a riotous celebration of the coming of spring and falls on the day after the full moon in March every year. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Nepalese revellers celebrate the Holi spring festival in Kathmandu on March 16, 2014. The 'Holi' festival of colours is a riotous celebration of the coming of spring and falls on the day after the full moon in March every year. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SKOREA-INDIA-RELIGION-FESTIVAL-HOLI

    Revellers take part in Holi celebrations organised by members of South Korea's Indian community at Haeundae beach in the southeastern city of Busan on March 16, 2014. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A man takes part in Holi celebrations organised by members of South Korea's Indian community at Haeundae beach in the southeastern city of Busan on March 16, 2014. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Revellers pose for a photo as they take part in Holi celebrations organised by members of South Korea's Indian community at Haeundae beach in the southeastern city of Busan on March 16, 2014. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)