Dressed up Israelis take part in a parade during the festivities of the Jewish Purim festival on Thursday in the central Israeli city of Netanya. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago
Girls dressed in traditional costumes and holding props walk through town before a performance in Longxian county, Shaanxi province, China, in celebrations for the lunar new year
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Locals dressed as Vikings march through the streets of Lerwick onTuesday, in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. The traditional festival of fire is known as Up Helly Aa. The spectacular event takes place annually on the last Tuesday of January. The climax of the day comes with participants in full costume hauling a Viking longboat through the streets of Lerwick to the edge of town where up to 1,000 people parade and throw their flaming torches into the galley.
An Indian school student dressed as Mahatma Gandhi is among those taking part in state formation day celebrations in Hyderabad in India on Friday.