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Purification

Balinese taking part in the Melasti ceremony at Petitenget Beach near Denpasar, Bali. Melasti is a purification festival held several days before "Nyepi", the day of silence when Balinese Hindus are not allowed to work, travel or take part in any indulgence.


In Colombia, birders find their version of Eden

Despite his small stature, 10-year-old Juan David Camacho has big dreams: pacing through Colombia's jungle with binoculars in tow, he aims to spot all the bird species his country offers.


Portugal leases empty monasteries, forts to boost tourism

The star-shaped walls of the hilltop town of Elvas dominate the plains of Portugal's southern Alentejo region near the border with Spain.


Women

A McDonald's sign is turned upside down on the International Women's Day in Lynwood, California.


Festival

Villagers dressed in traditional costume parading during the She Huo (社火) festival on the outskirts of Longxian (陇县) in China's Shaanxi province. Villagers in northern China wake up before dawn to paint their faces with pinkish make-up, don colorful robes and wield swords to represent legendary figures for the She Huo festival, a unique event capping Chinese New Year celebrations.


Lantern festival

Visitors walking past an ancient gate lit up with LED lights during the Lantern Festival in Taipei.


Icy Europe, balmy North Pole: the world upside down

Not for the first time in recent years, Europe has descended into a deep freeze while the Arctic experiences record high temperatures, leaving scientists to ponder the role global warming may play in turning winter weather upside down.


Nice Carnival

An artist performing during the 134th edition of the Nice Carnival in Nice, France. The theme of this year's edition is the "King of Space".


Year of Dog

Lion dancers performing in front of the Harbour Bridge for the Lunar New Year Festival in Sydney, Australia.


CNY decorations

A vendor hanging decorations at his stall at a market in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province ahead of the Lunar New Year.


 

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