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Ultra-Orthodox Jews burn leavened items in a final preparation before the start at sundown of the Jewish Pesach (Passover) holiday, on April 14, 2014 in Jerusalem. Religious Jews worldwide eat matzoth during the eight-day Pesach holiday that commemorates the Israelis' exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago and their ancestors' plight by refraining from eating leavened food products.

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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, Friday, March 14, 2014. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther, which is read in synagogues. Other customs include: sending food parcels and giving charity; dressing up in masks and costumes; eating a festive meal; and public celebrations.

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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

Chinese visitors enjoy sledding and skat...Chinese visitors enjoy sledding and skating on the partially frozen Houhai Lake during the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing on February 6, 2014. Beijing saw its warmest New Year's period in six decades with temperatures averaging 8 degree celcius above normal and with no snowfall yet to hit the city.

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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 city maps while sitting on a bench in the gardens at the Place des Vosges square, with landmark architecture of building that date from the seventeenth century, in Paris, August 14, 2013.

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

Passengers climb to board an overcrowded train at a railway station in Dhaka

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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.

People enjoy the sun amongst the beach chairs at Heringsdorf on Usedom island, Germany.

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Sunbathers relax among the beach chairs at Heringsdorf on Usedom island, Germany.

Children play underneath some 1,200 colorful carp streamers flying above a riverside park in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture

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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