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A pair of Chinese paramilitary policemen keep watch at a park in Beijing. Saturday was China’s National Day holiday, the start of a weeklong holiday period during which millions of Chinese travel and visit tourist sites. Photo Mark Schiefelbein/AP
Muslims Israeli-Arabs play at the beach in Tel-Aviv during the three day Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) Muslim holiday
Young people wearing Belarus traditional clothes and wreaths dance around a bonfire as they celebrate the Ivan Kupala night, an ancient heathen holiday, held in the countryside near Minsk last night.
A boy attends the early morning Eid al-Fitr prayer at Al Noor Mosque in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews burn leavened items in a final preparation before the start at sundown of the Jewish Pesach (Passover) holiday, on Monday in Jerusalem
Young children of foreign migrant workers wear costumes as they march in a Purim parade in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Jewish holiday commemorates the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther, which is read in synagogues
Visitors enjoy sledding and skating on the partially frozen Houhai Lake during the lunar new year holiday in Beijing. Beijing is seeing its warmest new year period in six decades with temperatures averaging 8 degrees centigrade above normal, with snowfall yet to hit the city.
Passengers clamber on to an already overcrowded train at a railway station in Dhaka on Thursday. Millions of residents of the Bangladesh capital are travelling home to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Sunbathers relax among the beach chairs at Heringsdorf on Usedom island, Germany.
Children play underneath carp streamers – or koinobori – flying above a riverside park in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture in Japan, on Thursday to celebrate Children’s day. A total of 400,000 visitors are expected to attend the week-long event starting on April 29 to celebrate the annual holiday of Children’s day on May 5 – part of the “Golden week” holiday, which is traditionally one of the busiest travel times of the year. The streamers