From underwater checkers and ice baths, to not wearing any pants, people are embracing the chilly January weather in this week in photos.
Tennis superstar, Maria Sharapova, signs autographs after her win against Olga Puchkova in their women’s singles match at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Hindu devotees bathe in the holy Ganges river during the bathing day of Maha Kumbh Mela in India. The Maha Kumbh Mela is the largest religious gathering on earth and is celebrated every 12 years for 55 days.
The luxurious Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible is unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. With a top speed of 202 mph, it is the world’s fastest 4-seater, and is sure to be a new favorite on the Autobahn.
Golden Globe nominees for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, Zooey Deschanel and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, joke around on the red carpet despite their “rivalry.”
Seemingly unaffected by the snow he sits in, Jin Songhao downs a beer during a cold endurance performance in Yanji, Jilin province. Jin set the record for the longest time spent in direct, full body contact with ice in 2011, lasting 2 hours.
A woman takes off her pants for a subway ride in NYC for the 12th annual No Pants Subway ride. Hordes of pranksters boarded subway cars in a “celebration of silliness” in hopes of making fellow riders laugh.
Divers play underwater checkers during the underwater checkers championship in Kaerepere, Estonia.
Japanese women in kimonos trek through heavy snowfall at Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo, as they attend a ceremony celebrating Coming of Age Day. This day honors youths as they reach the age of 20.
Visitors try out kayaks during the London Boat Show at the Excel Centre.
Sculptors make their final touches on their creation during the Eight Lakes ice and snow sculptures festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Circolmbia circus performers practice some moves during a visit to Sydney, Australia. The talented youths attend Columbia’s national circus school, the first school of its kind for disadvantaged youth.
Women show off their painted faces while parading the streets during a carnival celebrating the Orthodox St. Vasilij Day. The 1,400-year-old celebration in Vevcani, Macedonia, features ceremonies inspired by its pagan roots.
A man dressed in a gwanbok, a traditional Korean outfit that used to be worn only by government officials, ice skates in a rink in central Seoul.
A red panda snacks on some fruit after a medical examination at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna.
Models pose during Sissi Goetze’s Autumn/Winter 2013 show during Fashion Week in Berlin.
Angler Billy Carmichael casts his line during the opening of the salmon fishing season on the River Tay in Kenmore, Scotland. The start of the season was marked by a bag-pipe-band procession through the streets of Kenmore.
The London Underground celebrates its 150th birthday with a recreation of the first Underground journey. Actresses pose in period costume by first class carriages being pulled by a restored steam engine that was built in 1898.