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A cow is garlanded and offered food during a religious ceremony celebrating the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu, on Thursday.
A Chinese Christian woman prays during a service at an underground independent Protestant Church in Beijing, China. China, an officially atheist country, places a number of restrictions on Christians and allows legal practice of the faith only at state-approved churches
Indian Muslims offer prayers during Eid al-Adha at the Vasi Ullah mosque in Allahabad, India
Kashmiri Muslims watch from a window as a sheep is sacrificed on the occasion of the religious festival of Eid al-Adha in Srinagar, India. Eid al-Adha is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man swings a chicken over his head as part of the Kaparot ritual in Jerusalem. Observers believe the ritual transfers one’s sins from the past year into the chicken, and is performed before the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish year which starts at sundown Friday.
A Romanian Roma man teaches his son to pray during a religious service celebrating the Birth of the Virgin Mary at the Bistrita Monastery in Costesti, Romania
Hindu devotees in Mumbai, India form a human pyramid in an effort to reach and break a dahi-handi (curd-pot) suspended in the air during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival, which marks the birth of Krishna. Participants win prize money by helping the topmost person to reach the pot and claim the contents.
A woman holds a picture of Pope Francis while waiting for holy mass at a stadium at Daejeon, South Korea, on Friday. The Pope commemorated more than 300 people killed in a ferry disaster in April.
Buddhist monks and volunteers clean the 15m-high great Buddha statue during the annual Ominugui ceremony at Todaiji temple in the ancient capital of Nara, in western Japan. People visit the temple in the belief that a person who collects the dust during the ceremony will be trouble-free for a year.