Devotees gather around the chariot of Seto Machindranath (C) during the Seto Machindranath chariot festival at Ashon in Kathmandu. The Seto Machindranath chariot festival is celebrated to pray for rainfall and good harvest for the upcoming year
Racegoers check the form on Champion Hurdle day, the first day of the Cheltenham festival
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
A worker makes red lanterns as orders hike ahead of the Spring Festival, at a workshop in Wenxian county
An employee arranges the plants on the Orchid Wander wall during the 2015 Orchids Festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London
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People throw turnips at the Jarramplas (as a punishment for stealing cattle) as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas Festival in Piornal, Spain, on Tuesday
A Christmas star on top of a sales booth is pictured against the colorful morning sky at the Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany
A masked dancer performs to a drumbeat during the Newari New Year parade that falls during the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu on Friday
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
A Nepalese Hindu devotee stands with burning oil lamps on his shoulders as part of a ritual to celebrate the tenth and final day of Dashain festival at Bhaktapur, also known as the city of devotees, in Kathmandu
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A rider holds on as a bull tries to throw him during the Bull Ride Spectacular on the first day of the 2014 Deni Ute Muster at the Play on the Plains Festival grounds on Friday in Deniliquin, Australia.
Dancers participate in festivities marking the start of the annual harvest festival of “Onam” in the southern Indian city of Kochi. The ten-day-long Hindu festival is celebrated annually in India’s southern coastal state of Kerala to commemorate the return of King Mahabali to his beloved subjects
Hindu devotees in Mumbai, India form a human pyramid in an effort to reach and break a dahi-handi (curd-pot) suspended in the air during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival, which marks the birth of Krishna. Participants win prize money by helping the topmost person to reach the pot and claim the contents.
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe entertainers perform on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland
A masked devotee walks out from a house to take part in a parade commemorating the Neku Jatra-Mataya festival, the festival of lights, in Lalitpur, Nepal
A reveller dances while taking part in an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) parade to mark the Gaijatra Festival, also known as the festival of cows, in Kathmandu
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A participant’s float from South Minahasa during Tomohon International Flower Festival on Friday in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The flower festival is a biannual event that has run since 2008. It was originally devised to boost tourism in the North Sulawesi region. (Photo by Putu Sayoga/Getty Images)
Hot air balloons lift off during a mass ascent at the 36th International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court Estate near Bristol, which is Europe’s largest ballooning event which officially begins on Friday
The Above and Beyond charity balloon is inflated in Queen Square ahead of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on Tuesday in Bristol, England. Now in its 36th year, the fiesta is Europe’s largest annual hot-air balloon event in the city that is seen by many as the home of modern ballooning.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival acts play to the crowds during the first day of the festival on the Royal Mile on Friday