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. Read more
Tourists check their maps in the Place des Vosges square, in Paris
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