An Indian Muslim pilgrim whose hands are decorated with henna and garlands is photographed before leaving for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the Holy city of Mecca at the airport in New Delhi
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Indian Sikh pilgrims wave from a train bound for Pakistan at the Attari International Railway Station, near Amritsar, on Tuesday. Thousands of Sikh pilgrims are travelling to Nankana Sahib to celebrate the 545th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, which falls on November 6
A pilgrim carries an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico, during the annual pilgrimage in honour of the patron saint of Mexico’s Catholics
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A Muslim pilgrim prays atop Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the peak of the annual Haj pilgrimage, near the holy city of Mecca early on Monday morning. An estimated 2m Muslims were in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the start of the annual Haj pilgrimage.
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A Muslim pilgrim prays at Mount al-Noor ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca on Thursday
A Hindu holy man smokes as he waits to register for the annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine in Jammu, India, on Friday. Thousands of pilgrims annually visit the remote Himalayan shrine at 3,888 meters above sea level to worship an icy stalagmite representing Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction.
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Rocio’s Virgin sculpture is carried through the streets during a procession on Monday in the village of El Rocio, Huelva, southern Spain. Nearly 1m people from all over the country gather for a festival in a small hamlet of El Rocio in the marshland of the Guadalquivir River delta, where the statue of the ‘Madonna of the Dew’ has been worshipped since 1280.
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Pilgrims from the Sanlucar de Barrameda fellowship lead their horses ashore as they make their way to the shrine of El Rocio in the Donana National Park, southern Spain, on Wednesday. Every spring, hundreds of thousands of devotees converge at a shrine to pay homage to the Virgin del Rocio during an annual pilgrimage which combines religious fervour and festive colour.
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Pilgrims of the Chipiona and the Sanlucar de Barrameda hermandades walk the Playa de Vajo de Guia to board a vessel to cross the Guadalquivir river during their journey to the small town of El Rocio in Sanlucar De Barrameda, Spain. The Romeria del Rocio procession brings together roughly a million pilgrims each year making their way for as long as seven days from throughout Andalusia by foot, on horseback and horse drawn carriages, to the doors of the Hermitage of El Rocio. Dating back from 1653, it was in 1758, when the Virgin of Las Rocinas became known as the Virgin of El Rocio, that the pilgrimage started to take place in the weekend of the Sunday of Pentecost, 50 days after Easter Sunday.
Members of the Samaritan community attend the pilgrimage for the holy day of Passover at the religion’s holiest site on the top of Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus, early on Tuesday. According to tradition, the Samaritans are descendants of Jews who were not deported when the Assyrians conquered Israel in the 8th century BC.