Widows daubed in colours dance as they take part in the Holi, or Festival of Colours, at a widows’ ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrate the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder.
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U.S. President Barack Obama, with bags slung over his shoulders, delivers toys and gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.
Women paint paper replicas of soldier’s hats for the Vu Lan Festival at Dong Ho village, outside Hanoi. Vietnam is celebrating the month-long festival of the hungry ghosts, also known as Vu Lan festival, where many Taoists and Buddhists believe that the living are supposed to please the ghosts by offering them food and burning paper effigies of homes, maids, and other daily items for spirits to use in the afterlife.
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The Vaxholm Boys’ Choir follows Sara Ringkrans into the Nave of York Minster as part of the Sankta Lucia Festival of Light, a candlelit procession and carol service based on the Swedish Lucia celebration. The festival marks the feast of St Lucy, a young Sicilian girl who died a martyr in the early fourth century. The service is a first for York Minster and is held in partnership with York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.
An Indian artist makes effigies of the antagonists in the Hindu epic Ramayana, Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhkaran in preparation for the upcoming Dussehra festival in Jammu, India. The effigies will be burned at the end of the festival, marking the victory of good over evil.
An artist prepares an idol at a workshop ahead of the Durga Puja festival in New Delhi, India. The five-day Durga Puja festival commemorates the slaying of a demon king by goddess Durga to mark the triumph of good over evil, begins on October 10.
An artisan works on clay idols of Hindu god Vishwakarma ahead of the festival named after the god in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar.
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Charles Montoya and Chantal LaRue of ‘She Dances With Fait’ pose at the Edinburgh Fringe.