A participant in costume holds aloft a torch as bonfire societies parade through the streets of Lewes in Sussex, during the traditional Bonfire Night celebrations. Bonfire Night is related to the ancient festival of Samhain, the Celtic New Year. Processions held across the South of England culminate in Lewes on November 5, commemorating the memory of the seventeen Protestant martyrs. Thousands of people attend the parade through the narrow streets until the evening comes to an end with the burning of an effigy, or ‘guy,’ usually representing Guy Fawkes, who died in 1605 after an unsuccessful attempt to blow up The Houses of Parliament.
Pro-union supporters celebrate as Scottish independence referendum results are returned at a ‘Better Together’ event in Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday
People participate in a parade to celebrate the first day of the Bangla New Year, or Pahela Baisshakh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thousands of Bangladeshis on Monday celebrated their new year with fairs, concerts and rallies.
Students apply coloured powder onto their teacher’s head during Holi celebrations at a school in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India
Young children of foreign migrant workers wear costumes as they march in a Purim parade in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Jewish holiday commemorates the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther, which is read in synagogues
Christian residents jubilate as Séléka Muslim militias evacuate the Kasai camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, to relocate and join other Sélékas at the PK11camp. The departure of the fighters was greeted with screams of joy from the crowd of hundreds who gathered to watch them leave for another camp in northern Bangui.
A display of lanterns for the lunar new year in Beijing. China is preparing to welcome the year of the horse, which falls on January 31 and will see Chinese travelers make about 3.62bn trips during the 40-day Spring Festival travel period.
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Bonfire societies parade through the streets during the Bonfire Night celebrations in Lewes, Sussex
An Indian school student dressed as Mahatma Gandhi is among those taking part in state formation day celebrations in Hyderabad in India on Friday.
Men ride on a motorcycle while leading a recently purchased camel ahead of Eid al-Adha celebrations on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan.