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Dressed up Israelis take part in a parade during the festivities of the Jewish Purim festival on March 5, 2015 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, as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.

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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, Henan province February 11, 2015. The Chinese Lunar New Year on Feb. 19 will welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram).

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A worker makes red lanterns as orders hike ahead of the Spring Festival, at a workshop in Wenxian county

An employee poses with a wall of Orchid Wander during a photocall for the 2015 'Orchids Festival' at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, west London on February 5, 2015.

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An employee arranges the plants on the Orchid Wander wall during the 2015 Orchids Festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London

People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas Festival in Piornal, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jarramplas is a character that wears a costume made from colorful strips of fabric, and a devil-like mask and beats a drum through the streets of Piornal while residents throw turnips as a punishment for stealing cattle. The exact origin of the festival are not known, various theories exist from the mythological punishment of Caco by Hercules, to a cattle thief ridiculed and expelled by his neighbors. The Jarramplas Festival takes place every year from the 19th till the 20th of January on Saint Sebastian Day.

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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.

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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 drumbeat during the Newari New Year parade that falls during the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu October 24, 2014. The Newar community observes the start of their Newari New Year 1134, in accordance with their lunar calendar, by worshipping their spiritual selves in a ritual known as "mahapuja".

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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 wearing horned helmets and body paint arrive for Chonburi's annual buffalo race festival, east of Bangkok. The event, which also celebrates the rice harvest, dates back to the buffalo trade in Chonburi, once the commercial centre of Thailand's east.

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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 rituals to celebrate the tenth and final day of Dashain festival at Bhaktapur, also known as the city of devotees, in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2014. The festival commemorates the slaying of a demon king by Hindu goddess Durga, marking the victory of good over evil. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

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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 

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 October 3, 2014 in Deniliquin, Australia.

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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 August 29, 2014. 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.

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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

Indian Hindu devotees gesture before attempting to form a human pyramid in a bid to reach and break a dahi-handi (curd-pot) suspended in air during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival, which marks the birth of Hindu god Lord Krishna, in Mumbai on August 18, 2014. Participants receive prize money by constructing a human pyramid tall enough to enable the topmost person to reach the pot and claim the contents after breaking it.  AFP PHOTO/ INDRANIL MUKHERJEEINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images

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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. 

Edinburgh Festival Fringe entertainers perform on the Royal Mile on August 14, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The largest performing arts festival in the world, this year's festival hosts more than 3,000 shows in nearly 300 venues across the city.

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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 August 12, 2014. Devotees celebrate the Buddhist festival which marks the victory of Sakyamuni Buddha over Mara, by praying for the souls of departed family members and holding parades throughout the city.

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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 a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) pride parade to mark the Gaijatra Festival, also known as the festival of cows, in Kathmandu August 11, 2014.

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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

Tomohon International Flower Festival 2014...TOMOHON, NORTH SULAWESI - A participant's float from South Minahasa during Tomohon International Flower Festival 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.

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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.

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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

Balloonists Take To The Skies For The Bristol International Balloon Festival...BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  The Above and Beyond charity balloon is inflated in Queen Square ahead of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on August 5, 2014 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.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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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.

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival acts play to the crowds during the first day of the festival on the Royal Mile on Friday

South African dancer Maqoma performs in a dress rehearsal during the Malta Arts Festival in Valletta

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South African dancer Gregory Maqoma performs in a dress rehearsal of ‘Triple Bill – Duets in Motion’ during the Malta Arts Festival in Valletta

A runner falls in front of ''Miura'' fighting bulls during the running of the bulls, at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Monday, July 14, 2014. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight days of the running of the bulls.

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A runner falls in front of Miura fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, on Monday