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--A dressed-up participant posing during the Carnival of Uruguay's opening parade in Montevideo, Uruguay on Jan. At least 70,000 people attended the event, considered the longest in the world.
(Sandro Pereyra/EPA)An illuminated mosque on the eve of the Eid-Milad-ul-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad, in Karachi, Pakistan, January 13, 2014.
-- A woman touches a carnation left on a name inscribed into the North Pool during 9/11 Memorial ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. The nation is commemorating the anniversary of the 2001 attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pa.
Following the attacks in New York, the former location of the Twin Towers has been turned into the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
-- Revelers celebrate the opening ceremony in the "Hofbraeuzelt' beer tent of the 180th Bavarian Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich on Sept. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden attended a moment of silence at the White House and relatives of the victims visited the memorial sites at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pa.
(Shahzaib Akber/EPA)Its time to have a little New Years fun.The plot summary of US opera in recent years has unfolded like the last act of a Verdi tragedy: New York City Opera, dead; Opera Boston, dead; San Diego Opera, on its final aria. The nation's third most populous city has not only preserved its devotion to opera, it has expanded it, despite hard times for the art form elsewhere.Opera experts credit creative programming, solid philanthropic help and a loyal, enthusiastic audience.(Ben Curtis/AP)Pre-Lenten celebrations around the globe, including Carnival and a rain soaked Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, wrapped up yesterday before the marking of Ash Wednesday today.Historians say the tradition dates back to Roman times, when the newly converted Christians retained vestiges of their pagan festival, "Lupercalia," as a period of celebration before the penance during the 40 days of Lent.
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