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  • People from Newar community celebrate chariot festival of Kankeshwori, Bhadrakali and Sankata wearing colourful caps at Ason in Kathmandu, Nepal. The festival is celebrated every year a day after Ghodejatra to conquer the three days of 'Pahan Chahre' festival in Newar community.

  • Pakistani women devotee attends the last day of three- days 429th annual Urs 'Festival of lights' at the shrine of Muslim Sufi saint Shah Hussain, popularly known as Madho Lal Hussain in Lahore on March 28,2017. Annually thousands of devotees from all over the country light oil lamps to pay homage the 16th century saint, Shah Hussein (1538-1599).

  • Ghode Jatra, meaning horse parade is organized at the Army Pavilion every year. It is said Ghode Jatra was organized to celebrate the victory over a demonstration named Tundi who reside over the field known as Tundikhel. Tundi was a big terror for the people of Kathmandu. It is believed that galloping of Horse on Ghode Jatra at Tundikhel keeps the demon's spirit under the ground.

  • Balinese Hindu prays with an offering and carries giant effigy during the Tawur Kesanga traditional religious ceremony in the Wira Satya Bhuana temple, Jakarta. The ceremony held annually to commemorate the Balinese Hindu New Year, year of Saka 1939, known as Nyepi. Nyepi is a day of silence when people abstain from their activities such as from using lights, work, travel and all kind of entertainment for self-reflection.

  • Pakistani devotees attend the three- days 429th annual Urs 'Festival of lights' at the shrine of Muslim Sufi saint Shah Hussain, popularly known as Madho Lal Hussain in Lahore on March 27,2017.Annually thousands of devotees from all over the country light oil lamps to pay homage the 16th century saint, Shah Hussein (1538-1599). Three -days 429th annual festival celebrations Urs (death anniversary of a Sufi saint deemed as a union with the Almighty) celebrations. a Sufi saint and poet who lived from 1538 to 1599. Shah Hussain was a mystic and Madho Lal, a Hindu youth, was his friend and disciple. Shah Hussain was so close to Madho Lal that he is known by the composite name of Madho Lal Hussain and they are buried beside each other.…

  • Masked dancers dressed up as deities perform "Devi Pyankha" (Devi dance in Newar language) to mark the Pahan Chahre festival ahead of the Ghode Jatra (horse racing festival) in Kathmandu, Nepal.Sacred masked dances are performed representing various deities. The dance starts in the evening and lasts throughout the night till the next day.

  • Fourteen 'Cofradias' (Catholic religious brotherhoods) of several spanish provinces gathered in Almazán, north of Spain, to celebrate the 'X Exaltación del tambor, la corneta y el bombo' tradition, in which penitents reunite to play drums, cornets and bass drums.

  • Pakistani devotee attends the three- days 429th annual Urs 'Festival of lights' at the shrine of Muslim Sufi saint Shah Hussain, popularly known as Madho Lal Hussain. Annually thousands of devotees from all over the country light oil lamps to pay homage the 16th-century saint, Shah Hussein (1538-1599).

  • Pakistani devotees attend the three- days 429th annual Urs 'Festival of lights' at the shrine of Muslim Sufi saint Shah Hussain, popularly known as Madho Lal Hussain in Lahore.

  • During the Srinagar’s on the death anniversary of Abu Bakar Siddiq, (RA) the first caliph of Islamic history after.

  • Large number of devotees thronged the shrine of Dargah Hazratbal in Srinagar of Indian administered Kashmir here to participate in Urs celebrations of the Khalifa e awwal, first companion of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him). The devotees, including women and children, offered prayers at the shrine, which resounded with recitations and chants of holy verses of Quran and special prayers for peace and tranquility of the state. It is the main function which is draw thousands of devotees from across the Kashmir with traditional devotion and fervor, during which the devotees can have glimpse of the saint's relics.

  • Pope Francis leads his Weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis on Wednesday called for an ongoing commitment to welcome and integrate forced migrants and refugees and described the current migration phenomenon as the world’s greatest tragedy after the Second World War.

  • A Kashmiri Muslim woman prays during special prayers on the death anniversary of Abu Bakr Siddiq (RA), the first Caliph of Islam, at Hazratbal Shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar the summer capital of Indian controlled Kashmir.

  • All Bengal Minority Youth Federation ( ABMYF ) gathered in front of Bangladesh Deputy High Commission to submit memorandum protesting against installation of “Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman" bust in the Government run Baker Hostel and demand to remove it. The statue resembles as idol of “anti-Islam”.

  • Fallas are gigantic structures made of cardboard portraying current events and in which individual figures or Ninots are placed. Fallas will be burned in the streets of Valencia on March 19, 2017 as a tribute to Saint Joseph, the saint patron of the carpenters' guild.

  • (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image depicts death) Summary executions or EJK continues to bloat its figures on drug-related killings by unidentified assailants or during police operation. The European Parliament condemns EJK and urged the Philippine government to investigate the causes of summary executions.

  • Pope Francis to celebrated the penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica. For the "24 hours for the Lord," Pope Francis before he knelt and confessed and then confessed 10 faithful present at the Liturgy.

  • Pope Francis leads a Penitential Liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica in anticipation of the ’24 Hours for the Lord’ initiative in Vatican City, Vatican. During the service, the Holy Father celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation for seven penitents with confession and individual absolution.

  • President Michael D Higgins attends St Patricks Day mass with wife. the mass was lead in prayer by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

  • On March 16th, 2017; a Citywide Coalition of Faith Leaders held a rally at Washington Square Park, followed by march to 201 Varick St., where 10 clergy members and 15 lay-leaders knelt down to pray in front of the Immigration and Customs and got arrested for blocking traffic in an act of civil disobedience to call on Mayor DeBlasio and demand deep protections for Immigrant and Refugee Community.

  • A giant St. Patrick has been brought to Trafalgar Square before the traditional parade celebrations during the weekend.

  • Newar girls attended a Bel Bibaha (marriage ceremony) in Nala, Kavre. Bel Bibaha is a ceremony in Newari community of Nepal were pre-adolescent girls will be married to the Bel (fruit of wood apple tree) fruit. Normally Newar girls will be married thrice.

  • A procession of devotees, a chariot of Machhendranath, and idol of Dipankar Buddha around the village. Machhendranath was known as the god of rain and various Machhendranaths of the valley worshiped in a different time.

  • Pope Francis leads his Weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Vatican on March 15, 2017. Pope Francis on Wednesday continued his catechesis on Christian hope, focusing on charity, which he said, “is a grace, the fruit of our saving encounter with God’s own love”.

  • Pakistani devotees carry flags on their journey to the shrine of the Sufi saint Hazrat syed Mohammad bin Ibrahim Syed Bin Fateullah Kirmani (R.A)who is most commonly knwon has Hazrat Daud Bandagi kirmani (R.A),s 480th annual urs festival celebration in(sher garh) okara 90 km from Lahore Pakistan on March 14, 2017. Thousand of devotees people starting travelling by bare foot to attend the urs festival before three month all over the pakistan.holding religious flags in their hands, it took so many days to reach over there but they stood firm with a belief that if they do so, their hopes will be fruitfull by the grace of God.Hazrat syed Mohammad bin Ibrahim Syed Bin Fateullah Kirmani (R.A)who is most commonly knwon has Hazrat Daud Bandagi kirmani…

  • Pakistani Hindu Community are celebrating their Holi Spring Festival of colors to express religious harmony, while putting color on each other at Balmic Temple Neela Gunbad in Lahore Pakistan on March 14, 2017. Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia.

  • Women from the Pakistani Hindu community hold a dish filled with various colors to celebrate Holi, the festival of colors, at a temple graccy line rawalpindi .Holi festival marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil.

  • Japan Hanami season around Kyoto's district and in Arashiyama.

  • Every year the Municipality of Tel Aviv organises a street rave party in Tel Aviv to celebrate Purim.

  • Purim celebrated in the Ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem. Visits to this neighbourhood are still discouraged and incidents often erupt.

  • Being a walled city, Jerusalem celebrates the Jewish festival of Purim one day after the rest of Israel. Traditionally costumes are worn, even in holy places like the Western Wall in the Old City.

  • Women of the Wall reading the Megillah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Women of the Wall is an organization fighting for women's right to pray aloud, with Torah scrolls and tefilln, at the Western Wall, the holiest site for Judaism.

  • Hindu celebrates Holi festival in kolkata on March 13 along with the other parts of world. Holi, the festival of colors, is a colorful Hindu celebration on arrival spring and falls on the day after full moon annually in March.

  • Pope Francis during the Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square.

  • Workers apply paint on a statue at Quiapo Church in Manila, Philippines on Monday.

  • All over in the world Hindu are celebrating there holy festival Holi with love and colors, Hindu community of Hyderabad also celebrates at the local madir's of Hyderabad. Hindu women' s and children are playing with colors while putting on each other faces

  • Bangladeshi people throw colored powder to celebrate Holi Festival at Shakhari Bazar. Holi is the Hindu festival to welcome spring in the Indian subcontinent.

  • Holi Festival celebrations in Hampi town India.

  • Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif attend the 6th annual death anniversary of religious scholar Martyred Mufti Sarfraz Naeemi (Late) at Jamia Naeemia in Lahore, Pakistan.

  • The Adloyada – the largest Purim parade in Israel – takes place every year in Holon, south of Tel Aviv. Thousands of marchers participate in the parade, including schoolchildren, students of the city’s sports and cultural centers; groups of gymnasts, acrobats and jugglers; dance troupes and musical ensembles.

  • Ethnic people from Newari community celebrate the Holi Festival, the festivals of colors by dancing, singing and playing traditional instruments at Thimi, Bhaktapur, Nepal on Sunday, March 12, 2017. People celebrate Holi in all over Nepal as well as in India.

  • Hindu devotees burn the ceremonial pole known as 'Chir' to mark the end of Holi festival for this year in Kathmandu,Nepal. Holi festival, also known as the festival of colours.

  • Bangladeshi people celebrate colourful Holi festival in Dhaka.

  • People take part in celebration of the Holi festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, Holi is a Hindu spring festival in Nepal, also known as the "festival of colours" or the "festival of love", celebrated in India too.

  • The whole Tel Aviv city came out in costumes to celebrate the eve of Jewish festival of Purim, when dressing up is mandatory.

  • On the Eve of Purim people gathered in the International Synagogue in Tel Aviv to read the Megillah and celebrate this Jewish festivity which mandates costumes, drinking and a happy spirit.

  • Nepalese Student from IIMS college plays Holi during Holi Celebration, the festivals of colors at Kathmandu, Nepal on Saturday, March 11, 2017. People celebrate Holi in all over Nepal as well as in India.

  • Disciples of the schoolmaster Luang Phor Pern receive a protective tattoo on his back during the annual Wat Bang Phra Tattoo Festival in Nakhon Chaisi (west of Bangkok. Thousands of Buddhist devotees gathered at the Wat Bang Phra Temple every year, some of the participants go into a trance-like state where they are 'possessed' by the spirit of an animal which is then tattooed onto their skin by monks to protect against evil spirits and bad luck.

  • Dona Ganguly dance group Diksha Manjari performs at “Vasant Utsav “organized by Indian Museum and Association of Tourism ahead of Holi Festival in Kolkata.

  • Students of Calcutta University play with color at Calcutta University college street campus ahead of Holi Festival in Kolkata.

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