February 2012: Carnivals, Festivals, Celebrations and Protests Around the Globe


Activists protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in front of the government palace in Vilnius , Lithuania. ACTA aims to harmonize international standards on protecting the rights of those who produce music, movies, pharmaceuticals, fashion, and a range of other products that often fall victim to piracy and intellectual property theft, but some Internet users are worried it could lead to online censorship. (Mindaugas Kulbis/Associated Press)


Members of the cast from The Beatles “LOVE” by Cirque du Soleil perform at the MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Paul McCartney in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/Associated Press)


A protester is grabbed by police officers after a protest against sweeping labor market reforms announced by Spain’s new conservative government in Madrid. The new measures are part of a drive to retool a sick economy and solve Europe’s worst unemployment nightmare, giving companies hiring incentives such as cheaper severance packages and tax breaks for taking on young people. (Pedro Acosta/Associated Press)


A Tamil Hindu priest pushes lemons into a worshipper’s mouth during a ritual for the festival of Thaipusam in a temple in New Delhi, India. The annual festival celebrates the victory of good over evil. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)


A Tamil Hindu has lemons hanging by hooks in his back as part of a traditional ritual for the festival of Thaipusam outside a temple in New Delhi, India. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)


A Tamil Hindu priest has antiseptic powder on his face after a ceremonial steel rod was removed during a blessing ritual for the festival of Thaipusam near New Delhi, India. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)


Kashmiri Muslim women pray as a relic of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad is lifted by a priest at the Hazratbal shrine celebrating the birth of the prophet in Srinagar, India. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)


Riot police clash with demonstrators during a protest in Athens as unions launched a two-day general strike against planned austerity measures. (Dimitri Messinis/Associated Press)


An artist from the Southern Indian state of Kerala performs a traditional dance at the Soorya Festival in Ahmadabad, India. (Ajit Solank/Associated Press.)


Brazilian police, firefighters and prison guards protest during a rally in Rio de Janeiro. Police are threatening a strike that could prompt violence during Rio’s popular Carnival celebrations in spite of government approval Thursday of a police pay raise. (Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press)


A participant prepares to inflate his hot air balloon to kick off the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon festival. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press)


A paraglider flies close to hot air balloons during the opening of the four-day, 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon festival at the Clark Economic Zone in northern Philippines. The festival, which draws tens of thousands of foreign and local tourists, has attracted 28 balloonists from Asia, the Pacific, Europe and the United States. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press)


Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Wiznitz Hasidim celebrate the Jewish feast of ‘Tu Bishvat’ or Tree New Year as they sit with their rabbis around a long table filled with fruits, in the ultra-Orthodox town of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel. (Oded Balilty/Associated Press)


Tibetan exiles attempt to break a police barricade near the Chinese Embassy during a protest against the Chinese government, in New Delhi, India. (Mustafa Quraish/Associated Press)


Sri Lankan fire dancers perform during the annual Buddhist procession in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hundreds of traditional dancers, drummers, decorated elephants and Buddhist monks took part in the procession that is held during a full moon. (Gemunu Amarasinghe/Associated Press)


New York Giants fans cheer during the team’s Super Bowl parade in Manhattan. The Giants returned from their Super Bowl win to a celebration the likes that only New York can throw: a ticker-tape parade in the Canyon of Heroes on Broadway, where the city has honored stars for almost a century. (John Minchillo/Associated Press)


The seating plan for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards is unveiled at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London. (Jonathan Short/Associated Press)


Tibetan monks perform a religious ceremony at a monastery in Jiuzhaigou, China. (Andy Wong/Associated Press)


Hindu devotees climb 272 steps to the Batu Caves temple next to a giant statue of Lord Murugan during the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Lai Seng Sin/Associated Press)


A Hindu devotee smears himself with colored powder, and another devotee gets his cheek pierced with a metal rod during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur. The festival is rooted in Hindu legend and was brought from southern India by 19th century immigrants who came to the Malaysian peninsula to work in rubber estates and government offices. (Lai Seng Sin/Associated Press)


Participants arrive at the camping area of the Campus Party event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Campus Party is an annual week-long, 24-hour technology festival that gathers around 7000 hackers, developers, gamers and computer geeks. (Andre Penner/Associated Press)


During Fashion Week in New York, models display creations by (clockwise from top left) Jenni Kayne, Joseph Abboud, Tadashi Shoji, Cynthia Rowley, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Richard Chai. (Associated Press)


Tourists visit the Confucius Temple to celebrate the Lantern Festival in Nanjing, in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. The festival marks the final day of the Spring Festival, the annual celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. (Associated Press)


A dragon-shaped lantern is displayed at Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai to celebrate the Lantern Festival at the end of Chinese New Year celebrations. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press)


South Koreans release paper lanterns to celebrate the first full moon of the Lunar New Year in Yongin, South Korea. (Ahn Young-joon/Associated Press)


The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire during the Accession Day 41 Gun Salute to mark the official start of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee in London. The event celebrates her 60 years on the throne. (Matt Dunham/Associated Press)


Hindu devotees offer prayers and get blessings from the Lord Murugan’s chariot, and a devotee with his cheek pierced by a metal rod carries a milk pot during a procession to mark the start of Thaipusam, an annual festival symbolizing the struggle between good and evil in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Lai Seng Sin/Associated Press)


Animal rights activists with barbed darts taped to their backs stage a protest against bullfighting in Mexico City. (Christian Palma/Associated Press)


Protesters wear protective masks and goggles during clashes with security forces near the Interior Ministry in Cairo, Egypt. Volleys of tear gas left a white cloud over Tahrir Square and surrounding streets in the vicinity of Egypt’s Interior Ministry, in the fourth day of clashes between security forces and rock-throwing youth protesting allegedly insufficient police security during a deadly soccer riot. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)


A wreath is placed on the head of a bronze statue of Charles Dickens and Little Nell to celebrate the 200th birthday of Dickens in Clark Park in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia public library and Friends of Clark Park are among numerous groups worldwide celebrating the novelist’s 200th birthday. He was born in Portsmouth, England, on February 7, 1812. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)


Anti-government protesters chant slogans after constructing a burning barricade along a central boulevard in Dakar, Senegal. Saturday marks the fourth straight day of protests ahead of next week’s critical election, which is pitting the country’s 85-year-old president against a young opposition demanding his departure. The increasingly tense atmosphere on the ground has many concerned that there may be unrest if President Abdoulaye Wade is declared the winner of the vote. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)


A Hindu devotee dressed as Shiva participates in a procession in Jammu, India. (Channi Anand/Associated Press)


A fire eater entertains the crowd during a procession ahead of the Shivratri festival, in Jammu, India. Shivratri, a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu God Shiva, will be marked across the country Monday. (Channi Anand/Associated Press)


Dancers perform the traditional “Diablada” or Dance of the Devils during Carnival celebrations in Oruro, Bolivia. The Carnival in Oruro always opens with the “Diablada,” a ritual dance of good and evil that has remained unchanged since colonial times. Next to Rio, the mountain mining town is host to the largest carnival in South America, with an estimated participation of 30,000 dancers and up to 150 marching bands. (Juan Karita/Associated Press)


Dancers perform on a float during the Carnival parade of the Mancha Verde samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Andre Penner/Associated Press)


In Colombia, a reveler wears a costume that makes his head appear to be sitting on a platter during carnival celebrations in Barranquilla. In 2003, UNESCO declared Barranquilla’s carnival a “Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”


In the Loetschental valley in Switzerland, “Tschaeggaettae,” masked participants of the traditional carnival corte.


The Nice Carnival 2012’s theme is “King of Sport.” The King’s float is displayed during the 128th edition of the carnival in southern France. (Lionel Cironneau/Associated Press)


A reveler stands on top of a giant metal figure of a bull during the carnival celebrations in Madrid, Spain. (Paul White/Associated Press)


A model walks the runway during the show of creations by designers Fyodor and Golan at London Fashion Week. (Joel Ryan/Associated Press)


FEBRUARY 16: The floor at the state opera in Vienna, Austria is packed with dancers during the traditional Opera Ball. (Ronald Zak/Associated Press)


Riders on the “Muses Go Shopping” float keep their eyes on the hundreds of hands passing them by at the Krewe of Muses Parade in New Orleans. (Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune)


Revelers with the Mystic Stripers tosses trinkets to the crowds gathered on Royal Street in Mobile, Alabama. The pre-Lenten blowout continues along the Gulf Coast culminating in Fat Tuesday celebrations on February 21. (G.M. Andrews/Mobile Register)


A group of “Guggenmusig” performs during the “Luzerner Fasnacht” carnival in downtown Luzern, Switzerland. (Urs Flueeler/Keystone)


Kathakali dance artists put on make-up backstage before a performance in Hyderabad, India. Kathakali is a highly stylized classical dance which originated in India’s southern Kerala state during the 17th century. (Mahesh Kumar A./Associated Press)


North Koreans applaud as a large screen shows a portrait of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, during a concert in Pyongyang to commemorate his death and what would have been his 70th birthday. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press)


Legs are on display in Bogota as a model shows a bag and shoes designed by Colombia’s brand “Rosato” at International Fashion Week, and Argentina’s showgirl Belen Rodriguez performs during the 62nd edition of the Sanremo Song Festival, in Sanremo, Italy. (Associated Press)


A boy peers from under the feet of Ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered for the traditional Jewish wedding of Chananya Yom Tov Lipa, near Tel Aviv, Israel. (Oded Balilty/Associated Press)


Ultra-Orthodox Jewish bride Nechama Paarel Horowitz enters the men’s section for her traditional Jewish wedding near Tel Aviv, Israel. Family members and honored rabbis are invited to dance in front of the bride, often holding a prayer belt and then dancing with the groom. (Oded Balilty/Associated Press)


Angry families of inmates clash with police outside a prison after a deadly fire in Comayagua, Honduras. At least 300 inmates were killed and 21 are injured. (Fernando Antonio/Associated Press)


A South Korean policeman breaks stone plates with his head during a police security demonstration for a successful Nuclear Security Summit against terrorism in Seoul, South Korea. The summit will be held in Seoul from March 26 to 27. (Lee Jin-man/Associated Press)


A protester sits in a hammock as he protests against the building of a new railway station in Stuttgart, Germany. (Daniel Kopatsch/dapd)


In Islamabad, foreign tourists pose before roses arranged in the shape of heart at a floral market. (Associated Press)


In Pakistan, supporters of the religious party Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan burn Valentines placards at a rally to condemn Valentine’s Day celebrations in Karachi. (Associated Press)


A worker cleans the sign of the Bank of Greece from red and black paint, following riots, in Athens. (Thanassis Stavrakis/Associated Press)


Activists of the Ukrainian group Femen protest in front of the Russian natural gas monopoly Gazprom, blaming Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Gazprom of controlling the Ukraine. (Sergey Ponomarev/Associated Press)


Anti-government protesters run from tear gas fired by police on a highway near the capital of Manama, Bahrain. Security forces have faced off with protesters trying to occupy a landmark square in the nation’s capital ahead of Tuesday’s one-year anniversary of the Shiite-led uprising in the Gulf kingdom. (Hasan Jamali/Associated Press)


Supporters of Nepal communist party Maoist hold portraits of Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong during a rally to mark the anniversary of the Maoists’ 1916 armed revolt in Katmandu. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)


A police officers tries to extinguish flames from a petrol bomb thrown by protesters outside the Greek parliament in Athens. Tens of thousands of protesters gathered as a parliamentary debate over austerity measures began. As the crowds grew, a few hundred anarchists started to throw bottles and firebombs at police, who responded with tear gas and stun grenades. (Thanassis Stavrakis/Associated Press)


Dancers perform during the closing ceremony of the African Cup of Nations at Stade de L’Amitie in Libreville, Gabon. (Francois Mori/Associated Press)


Anti-government protesters throw rocks at police in Dakar, Senegal. Protesters demanding the departure of Senegal’s aging president Abdoulaye Wade on Sunday seized control of a three-block stretch in the heart of the capital, erecting barricades and lobbing rocks at police just days before a contentious presidential poll. (Associated Press)


A protester in Athens throws a stone toward police during a small demonstration in Syntagma square. The Greek parliament is set to vote next week on emergency austerity measures necessary for a $170 billion bailout deal with the EU and IMF to avoid default. (Associated Press)


A reveler stands by as others burn a coffin symbolizing winter during the traditional carnival parade in Mohacs, Hungary. The parade of people, the so-called busos, dressed in similar costumes and frightening wooden masks, using various noisy wooden rattles, is traditionally held on the seventh weekend before Easter to drive away winter, and is a revival of a legend which says ethnic Croats crossed a river to ambush Osmanli Turkish troops, who escaped in panic seeing the terrifying figures during the Turkish occupation of Hungary. (Ferenc Kalmandy/MTI)


“Straw-men” wearing clothing made of a jute bag stuffed with straw parade during the traditional carnival procession in Evolene, Switzerland. (Jean-Christophe Bott/dapd)

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