A bride takes part in a mass marriage ceremony in Bhopal, India. Some 45 bridal pairs married during the wedding ceremony organised for underprivileged couples under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojna (Chief Minister Welfare Scheme). Some communities undertake the responsibility of arranging mass marriages for the couples who are financially unsound. Read more
A worshipper wearing a Chinese opera outfit waits to burn incense and pray at the Wong Tai Sin Temple to welcome the lunar new year of the horse in Hong Kong. Tens of thousands of worshippers flocked to temples across Hong Kong to pray for good luck and fortune for the new year. Read more
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Bride Fatme Inus emerges to present herself to villagers towards the end of her two-day wedding to Mustafa Sirakov in Ribnovo, Bulgaria. The practice of painting the bride’s face white and decorating it with sequins and coloured paint called gelena in Bulgarian, is a tradition unique to Ribnovo, dating back centuries. Ribnovo weddings only take place in the winter and the entire village participates with group dances on the main square. Ribnovo, located in the mountains of southern Bulgaria, is predominantly inhabited by Pomaks, a Muslim ethnic minority who are the descendants of Christian Bulgarians who converted to Islam during the Ottoman rule.
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A stall selling masks depicting the devil, and believed to ward off evil if hung outside homes, outside a makeshift shelter on a highway on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
An Indian artist makes effigies of the antagonists in the Hindu epic Ramayana, Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhkaran in preparation for the upcoming Dussehra festival in Jammu, India. The effigies will be burned at the end of the festival, marking the victory of good over evil.
An artisan works on clay idols of Hindu god Vishwakarma ahead of the festival named after the god in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar.
A woman poses during the annual West Indian Day Parade on Monday in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. The parade is a celebration of Caribbean culture including dance, food, drink and costumes Read more
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Charles Montoya and Chantal LaRue of ‘She Dances With Fait’ pose at the Edinburgh Fringe.
A boy sits on his father’s shoulders between a ‘Kilik’ and a ‘Cabezudo’ during the San Fermin festival Comparsa de gigantes y cabezudo (Parade of the giants and the big heads) in Pamplona on Tuesday.
Huge statues are shown in the early morning at the tomb of King Antiochus on top of Mount Nemrut near Adiyaman, southeastern Anatolia, Turkey. Nemrut (Nemrut Dagi) is a 2,134m high mountain, notable for its tomb, which was probably built for king Antiochus Theos of Kommagene who believed he was a descendant of Apollo in the first part of the first century BC. On two sides of the mountaintop terraces were set up for statues representing Apollo, Fortuna, Heracles and Zeus. The Mount Nemrut ruins were discovered in 1881 and declared a UN World Heritage Site in 1987. Read more