Cultural Images From Around The World – Sept. 2012

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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, smile as they watch a shark ceremony performed by women in the water as they arrive on Sept. 17, 2012 at Marapa Island. Britain's Prince William and wife Catherine headed to a secluded corner of the Solomon Islands in a war canoe as their lawyers lodge a criminal complaint in France over topless photos of Catherine.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
An Indian artisan works on semi-finished clay idols of Hindu deities during a power cut on Sept. 25, 2012 in Kumartoli, India. Monsoon rain and power cuts have made it difficult for artisans to finish idols on schedule for the Oct. Durga Puja Hindu festival. Also, the recent economic slowdown and rising inflation are adding to the difficulties of the artisans.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
An Indian Hindu devotee pours milk over a cobra during a Nag-Panchami ritual at a Shiva Temple on Sept. 20, 2012 in Jammu, India. The Hindu festival of Nag-Panchami is observed during the monsoon season and devotees give prayers and tributes to snakes.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
Indian Hindu devotees whisper their wishes into the ear of an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha during a ritual before immersion. This is taking place at the iconic Juhu Chowpatty beach on the fifth day of the 11 day Ganesh Chaturthi festival on Sept. 23, 2012 in Mumbai, India. Hindu devotees bring home idols of Lord Ganesha in order to invoke his blessings for wisdom and prosperity. The 11 day Ganesh Chaturthi Festival sees millions of Hindus gathering along the western city's coast to immerse the elephant-god idols in the Arabian sea.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
Indian Hindu devotees carry an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha on their head for immersion at the iconic Juhu Chowpatty beach on the fifth day of the 11 day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival on Sept. 23, 2012 in Mumbai, India. Hindu devotees bring home idols of Lord Ganesha in order to invoke his blessings for wisdom and prosperity. The 11 day Ganesh Chaturthi Festival sees millions of Hindus gathering along the western city's coast to immerse the elephant-god idols in the Arabian sea.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
Nepalese Hindu women recite prayers led by a priest as they sit on the banks of the Bagmati River during the Rishi Panchami festival on Sept. 20, 2012 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Rishi Panchami marks the end of the three-day long Teej festival. At this festival married women fast and pray for the good health of their husbands to Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, while unmarried women wish for handsome husbands and happy conjugal lives.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo, during a photo shoot on Sept. 26, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
Tibetan monks attend the Morning Prayer session at the Namgyal Monastry on Sept. 26, 2012 in Dharamshala, Tibet. About 400 Tibetans from around the world are in the northern Indian hilltown of Dharamshala for the largest gathering of exiles in four years. The exiles are called to highlight the plight of Tibetans under Chinese rule.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
Tibetan monks play traditional musical instruments during the Morning Prayer session at the Namgyal Monastry on Sept. 26, 2012 in Dharamshala, Tibet. About 400 Tibetans from around the world are in the northern Indian hilltown of Dharamshala for the largest gathering of exiles in four years. The exiles are called to highlight the plight of Tibetans under Chinese rule.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
Tibetan monks play traditional musical instruments during the Morning Prayer session at the Namgyal Monastry on Sept. 26, 2012 in Dharamshala, Tibet. About 400 Tibetans from around the world are in the northern Indian hilltown of Dharamshala for the largest gathering of exiles in four years. The exiles are called to highlight the plight of Tibetans under Chinese rule.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
Indigenous dancers perform on stage at the 2012 Deadly Awards at the Sydney Opera House on Sept. 25, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
A woman dressed in Zulu traditional attire takes to the streets to celebrate South Africa's Heritage Day on Sept. 24, 2012 in Durban, South Africa. South Africa's Heritage Day is a public holiday celebrating South Africa's diverse cultural heritage.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
A participant of the opening parade, dressed in traditional Bavarian costume, is seen at Schottenhamel beer tent during day two of the beer festival Oktoberfest on Sept. 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany. This year's edition of the world's largest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until Oct. 7, 2012.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, chats with musician Ayan Ayandosu aka Ayan De First and African drummers the Oduwa Talking Drummers on London Road on Sept. 20, 2012 in Croydon, Greater London, England. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall met local residents, shopkeepers, faith leaders and community leaders at Croydon Voluntary Action. This was to discuss the progress made by members of the community a year from the August 2011 riots which took place in the vicinity.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, chats with musicians on Sept. 20, 2012 in Croydon, Greater London, England. These musicians will perform on Sept. 23 at the West Croydon Carnival of Cultures. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall met local residents, shopkeepers, faith leaders and community leaders at Croydon Voluntary Action. This was to discuss the progress made by members of the community a year from the August 2011 riots which took place in the vicinity.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
Indian Sikh devotees and holy men known as Punj Pyara hold swords as they escort a procession from Gurudwara Sri Dera Sahib to Kandh Sahib in Batala on Sept. 22, 2012 some 45 kms northeast of Amritsar, India. Guru Nanak Dev's marriage anniversary is celebrated every year at Batala and devotees gather from different places to take part in the marriage anniversary celebrations as if the marriage is taking place for real once again.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
Indian Sikh priests stand behind the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh Holy Book) on a palanquin along with devotees as they take part in a procession from Gurudwara Sri Dera Sahib to Kandh Sahib in Batala on Sept. 22, 2012 some 45 kms northeast of Amritsar, India. Guru Nanak Dev's marriage anniversary is celebrated every year at Batala and devotees gather from different places to take part in the marriage anniversary celebrations as if the marriage is taking place once again.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
Ultra-Orthodox Jews perform the Kaparot ceremony on Sept. 23, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. The Jewish ritual is supposed to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken. The ritual is performed before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, which is the most important day in the Jewish calendar. This year the Day of Atonement will start at sunset on Sept. 25.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
Children look at chicken coming out of a cleaning machine as Ultra-Orthodox Jews perform the Kaparot ceremony on Sept. 23, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. The Jewish ritual is supposed to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken. The ritual is performed before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, which is the most important day in the Jewish calendar. This year the Day of Atonement will start at sunset on Sept. 25.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
An Ultra-Orthodox Jew whips a fellow believer with a leather belt at a synagogue as a symbolic punishment for his sins during the traditional Malkot ceremony. This is happening a few hours before the start of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy day of Atonement, on Sept. 25, 2012 in Bet Shemesh, Israel. Shops were to shut down and all motorized traffic come to a complete halt until the evening of Sept. 25 to observe the Day of Atonement which is a period of fasting, reflection and prayers on the holy day in the Jewish calendar.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
Mexican soldiers dressed as Zacapuaxtla indigenous march on Juarez Avenue during the celebration of the 202nd anniversary of the country's independence on Sept. 16, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico.
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Cultural Images From Around The World - Sept. 2012
A Maori cultural group welcomes U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta onto the grounds of the Government House on Sept. 21, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. Panetta is the first U.S. Defense Secretary to visit New Zealand in three decades. The visit is intended to improve military ties between the two nations.
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