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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:12 pm


A Greek Orthodox priest walks inside the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, ahead of Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 22, 2012.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:11 pm


Revelers take part in festival of Els Enfarinats, in the town of Ibi near Alicante, Spain, Dec. 28, 2012.
For 200 years the inhabitants of Ibi annually celebrate with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers, outside the city town hall.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:35 pm


A sadhu makes his way towards the banks of Sangam during the Maha Kumbh Mela on Jan. 15, 2013, in Allahabad, India.
The Maha Kumbh Mela, believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth, is held every 12 years on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. The festival lasts over 55 days and is expected to attract over 100 million people.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:41 pm


Hindu devotees bathe in the waters of the holy Ganges river during the auspicious royal bathing day of Makar Sankranti, the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela on Jan. 14, 2013, in Allahabad, India.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:37 am


A Chinese devotee dances in his kavadi during Thaipusam in Singapore January 27, 2013.
Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. The kavadi is a physical burden carried by the devotee during their worship of Lord Murugan and it symbolises a call for help and also a show of gratitude for blessings received from the god.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:43 am


Hindu devotee Vela Nagalingam performs in a trance during a pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves Temple during Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves outside Kuala Lumpur January 27, 2013.
Thaipusam, the festival of penance honouring Lord Murugan, originated from Southern India and introduced to Malaysia in the 19th century by Indian immigrants, is no longer celebrated in India. However in Malaysia the festival has gone beyond the ethnic Indian community which comprises of over eight percent of the 28 million population.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:02 am


A reporter reacts during a ceremony marking the beginning of a winter fishing festival in Kangping county, Liaoning province, January 18, 2013. The ceremony is a mimic of a Chinese ancient ethnic minority, the ethnic Qidan's sacrificing ritual before their winter fishing. This week-long festival will last till January 25, 2013.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:32 am


A man performs a pass to a bull with an Andean condor strapped on its back during a traditional festivity known as 'Yawar Fiesta' in the village of Coyllurqui in Cotabambas province, Apurimac, July 29, 2008.
A provincial government is pressing Peru's Congress to protect the endangered Andean condor by passing a law that would outlaw a highland tradition that straps the giant vulture to the back of a raging bull, according to local media. The proposed bill aims to slow what communities, scientists and ecologists all describe as a worrisome drop-off in Peru's population of the Andean condor, one of the world's biggest flying birds.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:37 am


Villagers hold an Andean condor by its wings before strapping it to a bull in a bullfight during a traditional festivity known as 'Yawar Fiesta' in the village of Coyllurqui in Cotabambas province, Apurimac, July 29, 2008.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:51 am


Commuters get off trains as they arrive at a station to attend the final prayer of Biswa Ijtema in Dhaka January 13, 2013.
Thousands of Muslims joined the Akheri Munajat, the final supplication as the first phase of the Muslims congregation concluded by seeking forgiveness and blessings for mankind on Sunday, according to local media.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:03 am


Men jump into the waters of a lake in an attempt to grab a wooden cross on Epiphany Day in Sofia January 6, 2013.
Orthodox priests throughout the country bless the waters by throwing a cross into it as worshippers try to retrieve the cross. It is strongly believed that catching the cross brings health and prosperity to the person who catches it.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:05 am


Bulgarian men dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river during a celebration for Epiphany Day in the town of Kalofer, some 150 km east of Sofia January 6, 2013.
It is believed that the ritual of dancing in the river will bring good health throughout the new year.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:12 am


Four men ride their wooden sledge during a traditional Bavarian horn sledge race in the Alpine resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 6, 2013.
The sledge race is an annual event to remember the traditional way of bringing hay, straw and wood down from the Alpine mountains to the valley.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:29 am


Flames engulf a viking longboat as it is set on fire during the Up Helly Aa fire festival in Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland January 29, 2013.
The Up Helly Aa festival, introduced by men returning from the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century, takes place annually on the last Tuesday of January.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:53 am


Hindu devotees offer prayers while taking a holy dip in the Ganges River on the first day of Navratri festival, in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012.
Feasting and fasting takes over normal life for millions of Hindus during Navratri, the festival of nine nights.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:54 am


A Hindu devotee offers prayers after taking a holy dip in the River Ganges on the first day of Navratri festival, in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:57 am


A Hindu devotee prostrates herself in the sands near the Arabian Sea as she worships the Sun god during the Hindu religious festival "Chhat Puja" in Mumbai, November 19, 2012.
Hindu devotees worship the Sun god and fast all day for the betterment of their family and society during the festival.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:04 am


A Hindu devotee stands in the waters of Sun Lake to offer prayers to the Sun god during the Hindu religious festival "Chhat Puja" in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh November 19, 2012.

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Hindu devotees stand in the waters of Sun Lake to offer prayers to the Sun god during the Hindu religious festival "Chhat Puja" in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh November 19, 2012.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:16 am


Hindu devotees stand in the waters of Sun Lake to offer prayers to the Sun god during the Hindu religious festival "Chhat Puja" in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh November 19, 2012.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:20 am


Hindu devotees stand in the waters of river Ganges to offer prayers to the Sun god during the Hindu religious festival "Chhat Puja" in Kolkata November 19, 2012.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:25 am


A Hindu devotee prays while standing in the waters of the Arabian Sea as she worships the Sun god during the Hindu religious festival "Chhat Puja" in Mumbai, November 19, 2012.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:29 am


Hindu devotees pray while standing in the waters of the Arabian Sea as they worship the Sun god during the Hindu religious festival "Chhat Puja" in Mumbai, November 19, 2012.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:33 am


Hindu devotees pray while standing in the waters of the Arabian Sea as they worship the Sun god during the Hindu religious festival "Chhat Puja" in Mumbai, November 19, 2012.

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PostSubject: Re: Rites Around the World   Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:36 am


A Hindu devotee grooms herself on the banks of the River Yamuna after taking a holy dip during Karthik Purnima in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
Karthik Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu calendar month of Karthik and considered very auspicious by Hindus.

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