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  • Supporters of Pir of Sial Khawaja Hameeduddin Sialvi at Data Darbar gather around for a sit-in, which will continue till the resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. Cleric Pir Hameeduddin Sialvi has warned Government of Punjab on Saturday to impose sharia law within a period of seven days lest the religious groups would shut down the entire province.

  • Life continues in Marawi City after heavy devastation brought by insurgency. Muslim Maranao were struggling to continue their lives and livelihoods after the havoc.

  • One of the iconic folk festival of West Bengal is Tusu, which is mostly celebrated in the Purulia district on the day of Makar Sankranti

  • Indian Christian takes part in the All Church Prayer organized by Bangiya Christiya Pariseba on the occasion of 500th anniversary Church reformation.

  • A total of 10 people walked Uqubad Whip at Baitusalihin Mosque, Ule Kareng, Banda Aceh, Jum'at. They are criminals for violating Shari'a laws of Islam, hi; Qamar, Ikhtilat, and Jarimah Maisir and each of them whipped as much as 2 to 37 lashes. In Indonesia This penalty applies only to Aceh Provinces only.

  • All India Minority youth Federation (Muslim Youth Organization) through black Ink and burn to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U S President Trump Poster during the protest against Netanyahu official visit in India.

  • Around 50 policemen from Marawi City attends Trauma Recovery Program organized by the Department of National Defense and The Way to Happiness Foundation. Hundreds of IDPs are returning to their homes now in Marawi City and a seminar like this would help authorities understand the psychological wellness of returning victims of insurgency.

  • The New Sanctuary Coalition together with faith leaders, immigration activists, and community members organized a Jericho Walk at 26 Federal Plaza, on January 18, 2018; to demand the return of recently deported founder of New Sanctuary Coalition, Jean Montrevil, and the release of the New Sanctuary Coalition executive director, Ravi Ragbir.

  • Activist of All India Minority Youth federation protests against the official visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in India.

  • People from Tamang community performs on the occasion of Sonam Lhosar festival celebration in Kathmandu, marking the end of bird year and the beginning of dog year. Sonam Lhosar is observed as the lunar new year by the Tamang community, an ethnic indigenous group living in Nepal.

  • Making of Saraswati idols of Hindu Goddess Saraswati for upcoming Saraswati Puja.

  • One of the biggest attractions of the Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-atihan festival is the “Higante” contest and Aklan Festivals parade. Featuring giant figures of legend or folklore, spirited street dancing complete with colourful props, music and choreography. Visitors and tourists can take a glimpse of Aklan festivals in their unique and contemporary rendition of paying homage to God for His rich blessings.

  • Celebration of Saint Anthony of Abbot day patron Saint of the animals, traditional bonfire and blessing of animals.

  • Hundreds of pets including dogs, ferret, cats, rabbits, sheeps, hamsters and ducks, dropped into the Christ Church of San Anton in central Madrid for a blessing by Saint Anthony, patron saint of animals.The feast is celebrated each year in many parts of Spain.

  • The first covenant signing on counter-terrorism and anti-illegal drugs and criminality campaign with the Muslim and religious leaders in Panay Island.

  • On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, dozens ride their horses through the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome de Pinares, central Spain, during the "Luminarias," a tradition that dates back 500 years. It is meant to purify and protect the animals, with the smoke of the bonfires, for the year to come

  • The Tusu Festival/Tusu Parab is a traditional tribal festival of West Bengal. It is mostly celebrated in the district in Purulia,Bankura and Midnapur(west).This festival is one month long Tusu Parab. Tusu Parab is famous for Tusu Song/Tribal song the food, fair and allthe rustic yet warm celebration of life.The festicomes to an end on' Makar Sankranti' with the immersion of the colourful choudolas in Kansabati river.

  • The Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held annually in January in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus), concluding on the third Sunday, in the island and town of Kalibo, Aklan in the Philippines.

  • Mindanao State University (MSU) is discussing the 3-unit Fundamentals of Peace Development course which will be added to the curriculum of college students at MSU next school year to address the threats of future extremism. MSU is one of leading institution in producing top graduates and renowned for its excellence and promoting cultural integration in the Philippines. MSU has 11 campus in Mindanao with 70,000 college students mostly Muslim.

  • Tribal women specially Kurmi tribes celebrates Tusu festival or crop harvesting festival at different parts of Purulia district along with other parts of Tribal area of Chota Nagpur plateau The festival along with fairs starts at Makar Sankranti and last for a week as per different regions.

  • This year on 14th of January. Millions of devotees took a plunge on the holy river Ganges to pay homage to Kapil Muni temple located at the confluence of Bay of Bengal and Ganga river. On this occasion, Kolkata hosted a transition camp for these devotees and monk for a whole two weeks at the parade ground near Babughat Launch Ghat at Kolkata.

  • Nepalese Hindu devotees take holy bath in the Bagmati river on the bank of Pashupatinath Temple during Madhav Narayan Mela in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepalese Hindu women observe a fast and pray to Goddess Swasthani and God Madhav Narayan for longevity of their husbands and prosperity of their family during the month-long mela. They walk bare foot for the whole duration of this worshipping period.

  • Nepalese girls from Tharu community in their traditional attire celebrate the Maghe Sankranti Festival.

  • A procession San Mauro relics in Casoria during the feast of the patron saint.

  • Professors and instructors of Mindanao State University from Marawi, Sulu, Cotabato, Maguindanao, Gensan and ARMM region attends a seminar on battling extremism in Mindanao region. The five-day masters training is organized by The Way to Happiness Philippines Inc. headed by Jerry de Tagle which aims to promote genuine peace that is grounded on ethics and values.

  • Pope Francis celebrates the World Day of Migrants and Refugees with a Holy Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Vatican on January 14, 2018.

  • The first phase of the three-day Biswa Ijtema ends with Akheri Munajat. Hafez Mohammad Zubayer, the Imam of Kakrail Mosque in Dhaka, conducted the Akheri Munajat that started at 11:00am, said the Ijtema organizers. Thousands of devotees, both from home and abroad, have attended the congregation. Some 4,473 foreign devotees from 88 countries have joined the first phase of the Ijtema. The second phase of Ijtema will be held on 19-21 January. Tablighi Jamaat has been organising the Ijtema on the bank of Turag river since 1967. The Ijtema is being held in two phases from 2011 to ease the accommodation crisis.

  • The Sacra di San Michele, sometimes known as Saint Michael's Abbey, is a religious complex on Mount Pirchiriano, situated on the south side of the Val di Susa overlooking the towns of Avigliana and Chiusa di San Michele, in the Metropolitan City of Turin, Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. The abbey, which for much of its history came under Benedictine rule, is now entrusted to the Rosminians. A special regional law acknowledges it as the "Symbolic monument of the Piedmont region".The book "The Name of the Rose" was inspired by this monumental abbey.

  • Sit-in in front of Italian Parliament to call for the release of Ahed Tamini and of all Palestinian children being detained in Israeli prisons.

  • Indian Hindu pilgrims wait for a bus on the way to Gangasagar on January 13, 2018, in Kolkata, India. Hindu pilgrims form all over the country started to gather in Kolkata on their way to an annual trip to Sagardeep on Sagar Island for the one-day festival of ''Makar Sankranti.

  • Cultural and religious sights in Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, including the recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Wahat al Karama memorial to UAE soldiers killed on duty.

  • Activists of Pakistan Global Initiative and Civil Society members hold candlelight vigil outside Press Club in memory of 7year old Zainab in Lahore on January 12, 2018. Anees Ansari, Zainab's father, accused the police of being slow to respond when his daughter went missing. Two people were killed and three others were wounded in clashes between angry Kasur residents and police after protesters enraged over her death attacked a police station in the city. 7year old innocent girl Zainab who was raped and killed in Kasur. According to data collected by Sahil, as many as 11 cases of child sexual abuse are reported from across Pakistan every day.

  • Birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is observed as Swami Vivekananda Jayanti every year. Since 1985, the day is also celebrated as National Youth Day.

  • Dream Act allies and DACA advocates rally in support of nationally known immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir who was taken into detention on January 11, 2018 and threatened with deportation. Eighteen people were arrested attempting to prevent federal agents from transporting Ragbir to a downtown detention center, where he is now awaiting deportation. (Photo by Michael Nigro)

  • Hindu holy men and women form all over the country started to gather in Kolkata on their way to an annual trip to Sagardeep on Sagar Island for the one-day festival of ''Makar Sankranti.

  • Hindhu pilgrim at Ganga Sagar transit Camp.

  • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minority wing organized a minority convention at Y Channel.

  • GangaSagar Transit Camp. A gateway to Gangasagar Mela for Pilgrims and Saints.

  • Bathing rituals are important in all religions but they have special role in Hinduism where besides personal cleansing they are also associated with cleansing the soul of sins committed. Maha Kumbh held once every twelfth year and Kumbh Mela held every four years at alternate locations of India are biggest congregations of mankind. Next position with a million people attending it goes to Ganga Sagar Snan. It is held annually at Sagar Island in South 24 Pargana District of West Bengal and, 140 km from Kolkata. Before starting for Ganga Sagar, people stop over at this Transit camp situated near Outram Ghat in Kolkata . They come here every day, starting 4-5 days ahead of Makar Sankranti, where they stay for 1-2 days before heading towards Sagar…

  • More than 900 people, belonging to a faction of Islamic ideological movement Tabligh Jamaat, have demonstrated outside the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport,Dhaka crippling traffic in the northern part of the city. “The Tabligh Jamaat is split over Saad Kandhalvi’s leadership. A faction is opposing his arrival,” Airport Police OC Noor-a-Azam told UNB. Protests started around 9.30am, before Kandhalvi’s arrival in Dhaka.

  • Hindu devotees and Sadhus gathered in Kolkata transit camp for their annual trip to Ganga Sagar on the occasion of Sagar Mela.

  • Hundreds gathered at the funeral of activist Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner who was murdered by New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo in 2014. Her father's death helped spark the BLM movement. Erica became a fierce advocate for racial equality and police reform and accountability. She died in December after lapsing into a coma following an asthma-induced heart attack. She leaves behind two children, a daughter, 8, and a son, 4 months. (Photo by Michael Nigro)

  • A devotees trying to touch the rope of Black Nazarene statue while entering at Chinese & Filipino Peace Arch in Binondo (China Town), Manila City that joined the Traslacion of the Black Nazarene Festival on Jan. 9, 2018. Devotees trying to touch the icon of Black Nazarene and the rope as their belief that it may granted their wish as part of their “Panata” or devotions.

  • Hindu pilgrims and Sadhus or Hindu holy men gather at Transit Camp on the way to Sagar Island to take holy dip on the occasion of Makar Sankranti scheduled on January 14.

  • It's the "solemn transfer" of the Black Nazarene replica from the Qurino Grandstand in Luneta to Quiapo Church.

  • The Mill of Elves in Trikala.

  • Devotee fainted during the arrival of the Black Nazarene statue after they are trying to touch the Black Nazarene statue while entering at Chinese & Filipino Peace Arch in Binondo (China Town), Manila City that joined the Traslacion of the Black Nazarene Festival on Jan. 9, 2018. Devotees trying to touch the icon of Black Nazarene and the rope as their belief that it may granted their wish or part of their “Panata” or devotions.

  • The 2018 edition of the annual Traslacion of the Black Nazarene drew thousands of devotees who are currently participating in the commemoration of the transfer of a centuries-old icon of the Black Nazarene from the Luneta area to its current home at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in the Quiapo District of Manila. Compared to previous years, the procession has moved faster owing to several minor changes in the routes passed by the traslacion. Furthermore local authorities noted that there were less devotees who participated in the procession at press time compared to last year at the same time.

  • Pakistani activists from Waziristan, Orakzai, Mehmand agency, Khurram agency shout slogan and hold placards during a protest in Lahore on January 08, 2018 organized by Jamat-e-Islami (JI) in favor of merger of FATA with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).

  • Devotees from all over the country and neighbor country of Nepal started to gather in Kolkata at the transit camp for holy bath in Gangasagar on 15 January 2018.