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Prince Harry smears red powder on Nepal villagers

Britain's Prince Harry has smeared red power on villagers in Nepal celebrating the Holi festival marking the beginning of spring.

Harry visited Okhari village on Tuesday to observe the reconstruction of a secondary school damaged by a devastating earthquake last year.

Local media showed Harry smearing colored power on villagers, who did the same to the prince, who was wearing a white shirt.

Nepal recently abolished its centuries-old monarchy. It is hard for Nepalese to imagine celebrating the Holi festival with the Himalayan nation's royals when they were in power.

Harry is on a five-day trip to Nepal which has focused on visiting areas damaged by the earthquake and highlighting reconstruction efforts. The April 25, 2015, quake killed nearly 9,000 people and destroyed about 1 million homes.