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A Nepalese man, covered in vermillion powder, dances during Sindoor Jatra festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Devotees mark the festival by playing traditional drums, singing, dancing and carrying chariot of various deities around town while throwing sindoor, vermillion powder, to welcome the advent of spring and the New Year.

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A man covered in vermillion powder dances during the Sindoor Jatra festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal on Tuesday

Hindu girls dressed up as Kumari wait for rituals to start during Ramnavmi festival on outskirts of Kolkata

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Hindu girls dressed up as Kumari (an unmarried girl) wait for rituals to start during Ramnavmi festival at the Adyapeath Ashram on the outskirts of Kolkata on Tuesday

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Satirical sculptures burn during the traditional Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain. Every year the city of Valencia celebrates the ancient “Las Fallas” fiesta, a noisy week that is full of fireworks and processions in honor of Saint Joseph that ends in the midnight of March 19.

Indian revellers take part in the game of 'Huranga' at The Dauji Temple in Mathura, some 100kms south of New Delhi on March 18, 2014. 'Huranga' is a game played between men and women a day after Holi, the festival of colours, during which men drench women with liquid colours and women tear off the clothes of the men.

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Indian revellers take part in the game of Huranga at The Dauji Temple in Mathura, some 100km south of New Delhi, on Tuesday. Huranga is a game played between men and women a day after Holi, the festival of colours, during which men drench women with liquid colours and women tear off the clothes of the men.

A festival goer dances during a live music event during the 124th annual Lalon festival in Kushtia, Bangladesh. The Lalon Shah festival is an annual festival celebrating the life and death of Fakir Lalon Shah, who was a Bangladeshi mystic, baul, philosopher, musician, writer and advocate of religious tolerance. Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims follow his teachings and attend the festival, which comprises of 3 days of music, dance, and consumption of marijuana, which is referred to as "siddhi", or enlightenment.

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The Lalon Shah festival, in its 24th year in Kushtia, Bangladesh, is an annual event celebrating the life and death of Fakir Lalon Shah, a Bangladeshi mystic, philosopher, musician, writer and advocate of religious tolerance.

A girl sits on her father's shoulders cheers as she and others daubed in colours dance while celebrating Holi in Guwahati...A girl sits on her father's shoulders cheers as she and others daubed in colours dance while celebrating Holi in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati March 17, 2014. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Utpal Baruah

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A girl and her father dance as they celebrate Holi in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over IndiaRead more

Monks dressed as Tibetan Buddhist characters attend a religious ceremony, known as "Da Gui" or beating ghost, to celebrate the upcoming 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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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

Japanese Geisha prepares green tea as Miko looks during the annual Baikasai, Plum Blossom Festival at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on February 25, 2014 in Kyoto, Japan. This annual event commemorates enshrined Michizane Sugawara, a politician and plum-blossom aficionado of the Heian-Period, who died in the year 903.

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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

A worker sets up an octopus made with lemons and oranges during the 81st Lemon festival in Menton, southeastern France, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. The theme this year is "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" from the classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne published in 1870. This exhibition involves over more than 300 professionals working on the project and 145 tons of citrus fruits.

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An octopus made out of lemons and oranges at the 81st lemon festival in Menton, southeastern France.

Nepalese Hindu devotees offer prayers by rolling on the ground after performing a bathing ritual on the final day of the month-long Swasthani Festival near the Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on February  14, 2014. Devotees in the Himalayan nation are observing the conclusion of the month-long religious festival, with scores of women undergoing a fast in the hope of a prosperous life and conjugal happiness.

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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