Monks dressed as Tibetan Buddhist characters attend a religious ceremony, known as Da Gui, or beating ghost, to celebrate the Tibetan New Year which starts on March 1 at Yonghegong Lama Temple. The ceremony is held annually at the end of the first lunar month with mask dancing to expel ghosts
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A geisha prepares green tea during the annual Baikasai, the Plum Blossom Festival, at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. The festival commemorates enshrined Michizane Sugawara, a politician and plum blossom aficionado of the Heian period, who died in the year 903
An octopus made out of lemons and oranges at the 81st lemon festival in Menton, southeastern France.
Hindu devotees in Nepal offer prayers by rolling on the ground after performing a bathing ritual on the final day of the Swasthani Festival near the Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu
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Trees are decorated with red lanterns at the Spring Festival Temple Fair in celebration of the lunar new year at the Temple of Earth park in Beijing on Thursday
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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.
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A bull charges out of an enclosure during a bull-taming sport called Jallikattu in Palamedu, about 434 km south of Chennai, India. Jallikattu is an ancient heroic sporting event of the Tamils played during the harvest festival of Pongal.
An Indian girl dressed in traditional attire she watches a cultural performance during Lohri festival in Jammu, India. Lohri is a celebration of the winter solstice observed by Hindus and Sikhs in northern India. Read more
People pretend to hang off ledges and windowsills on an unusual architectural display, called “Merchants Store”, during the Sydney Festival 2014 in Australia. Merchants Store is a mirror illusion art piece designed to give the impression of hanging off the outside of a building up high while really being safe on the ground. The festival is an arts-based event held in January each year boasting local and international artists in contemporary and classical music, dance, circus, drama and visual arts. Read more