traditions

Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Harumafuji (L) performs the New Year's ring-entering rite at the annual celebration for the New Year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

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Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Harumafuji (L) performs the New Year’s ring-entering rite at the annual celebration for the New Year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

An Indian labourer walks through a stall selling masks depicting the devil, and believed to ward off evil if hung outside homes, outside a makeshift shelter on a highway on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

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A stall selling masks depicting the devil, and believed to ward off evil if hung outside homes, outside a makeshift shelter on a highway on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

Bonfire societies parade through the streets during the Bonfire Night celebrations at Lewes, Sussex.

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Bonfire societies parade through the streets during the Bonfire Night celebrations in Lewes, Sussex