Shinto priests walk out from a gate after they administered a Shinto rite, “Kiyoharai”, on the first day of the three-day spring festival at the controversial Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday
People wearing costumes attend the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Jinghong, Yunnan province, China
Fans listen to David Guetta at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.
Revellers take part in a water fight during Songkran festival celebrations at Silom road in Bangkok on Monday. The Songkran festival, also known as the water festival, marks the start of Thailand’s traditional New Year and is believed to wash away bad luck.
A woman does acrobatics as she waits for a band to start playing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.
Tai Yai boys wait for a ceremony to start during the Poy Sang Long Festival in Mae Hong Son, Thailand
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