Boys wear horned helmets and body paint for Chonburi’s annual buffalo race, east of Bangkok. The festival, which also celebrates the rice harvest, dates back to the buffalo trade in Chonburi, once the commercial centre of Thailand’s east
Women paint paper replicas of soldier’s hats for the Vu Lan Festival at Dong Ho village, outside Hanoi. Vietnam is celebrating the month-long festival of the hungry ghosts, also known as Vu Lan festival, where many Taoists and Buddhists believe that the living are supposed to please the ghosts by offering them food and burning paper effigies of homes, maids, and other daily items for spirits to use in the afterlife.
The “pachuco” scene in Mexico is thought to date back to the 1930s and 1940s in Los Angeles, where Mexican migrants would wear the snazzy outfits partly as a symbol of defiance against discrimination. The custom’s continuation in Mexico is seen in part as a continuing protest against the treatment of Mexican immigrants north of the border. Read more
A Sikh warrior attends the annual fair of Hola Mohalla in Anandpur Sahib, in the northern Indian state of Punjab. Believers from across northern India celebrate the festival of Holi in a tradition set by the tenth Sikh, guru Guru Gobind Singh, in the 17th century. Read more
A girl and her father dance as they celebrate Holi in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. Read more
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.