Russian sculptor Artem Samoylov carves a figure based on Disney’s newest movie Frozen at the Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival in Bruges. Some 28 artists made 55 sculptures out of 250 tonnes of ice depicting many characters from Disney movies. The festival opens on November 22 and ends on January 5, 2014.
A potter in Amritsar, India, paints earthenware lamps ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Hindus light lamps, wear new clothes, exchange sweets and gifts and pray to goddess Lakshmi during the festival.
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An Indian snake charmer poses with his cobras as he waits for alms from devotees outside a temple in Amritsar, ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali.
An Indian artist decorates earthenware oil pots or ‘diyas’ on the outskirts of Hyderabad, ahead of the Diwali festival of lights which will be celebrated on November 3 this year. Diyas, which are lit and placed around the home, are in heavy demand during the festival which marks the victory of good over evil and commemorates the time when Hindu God Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. Read more
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People dressed in costumes representing various periods and characters in Japanese feudal history participate in the annual Jidai Festival at Kyoto Imperial Palace on Tuesday. The festival marks the anniversary of the foundation of the city.
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine, with two guns pierced through his cheeks, takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket on Friday. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism, celebrates the local Chinese community’s belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind.
A Nepalese Hindu devotee, dressed as a deity, prepares to participate in festivities at the Shikali Temple during celebrations for the Shikali Jatra festival in the village of Khokana, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on Thursday
Devotees of the Chao Pho Kuan U shrine carry a statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession marking the annual vegetarian festival in Phang Nga, Thailand, on Thursday. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism celebrates the local Chinese community’s belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind.
A Bavarian visitor in lederhosen takes part in Hau den Lukas, a funfair attraction, at the Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest runs until October 6 and is the world’s largest beer festival. Read more