2013: The Year in Photos

Take a look back at 2013 in pictures: A year celebrating a presidential inauguration, a royal baby, a historic Miss America and more.

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Prince Harry explores a new playground with a group of children from Gainsborough Primary school in Newham during an official visit to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on April 4, 2014 in London. The park will open to the public on Sat. April 5th. 960 1280

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The Brandenburger Gate is pictured before Earth Hour in Berlin on March 29, 2014. Earth Hour, when everyone around the world is asked to turn off lights for an hour at 8.30 p.m. local time, is meant as a show of support for tougher action to confront climate change. 960 1280

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Two professional sumo wrestlers compete with each other during the Ceremonial Sumo Tournament or Honozumo at the Yasukuni Shrine on April 4, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. 960 1280

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A child looks at a polar bear during the opening day of the new polar area at the zoo in Mulhouse, France on April 2, 2014. 960 1280

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A woman rests underneath an artwork made of colored umbrellas along the Cheonggye stream in central Seoul on March 28, 2014. 960 1280

REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji  

Sheep race in the Lamb National at Ascot Country Fair Raceday at Ascot Racecourse on March 30, 2014 in Ascot, England. 960 1280

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Statues by German artist HA Schult are seen during a preview of the artist's exhibition at the Ariel Sharon Park near Tel Aviv on April 2, 2014. Schult's "Trash People" exhibition, featuring 500 human-sized figures made from recycled materials, has been traveling worldwide for 18 years. 960 1280

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Fish-shaped balloons float above water fountains to mark April Fools' Day, called "Poisson d'Avril" in France, in the center of Nice, on April 1, 2014. 960 1280

REUTERS/Eric Gaillard   

Women stand in the installation "reflect" at the light arts festival "Luminale" in Frankfurt, Germany. The Luminale is a light art biennial arts festival that takes place from March 30 to April 4, 2014. 960 1280

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A woman takes looks at cherry blossoms in full bloom in Tokyo on March 31, 2014. Many people enjoy viewing the cherry blossoms all over the country during this season. 960 1280

REUTERS/Toru Hanai  

pied piper
pied piper

pied piper

A tourism employee dresses as the Pied Piper and leads local children dressed as rats through a street in Hameln, Germany. This December the collection of Brothers Grimm fairytales, of which the Pied Piper story belongs to, will celebrate its 200th anniversary. 960 1280

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moustaches

moustaches

Albanian women pose with paper moustaches during a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Albanian Declaration of Independence. People wore fake moustaches at the event to resemble the declaration’s signees. 960 1280

REUTERS/Hazir Reka  

thanksgiving turkey

thanksgiving turkey

President Obama shares a moment with his daughters, Sasha and Malia, as he pardons the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House. The turkey named Cobbler and its companion, Gobbler, will spend the rest of their lives at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens in Virginia. 960 1280

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miao festival

miao festival

Ethnic Miao people dressed in traditional clothing perform during a ceremony for the Miao’s New Year’s Day and Guzang Festival in Leishan county, China. The Miao people commemorate their ancestors during the Guzang festival that occurs once every 13 years. 960 1280

REUTERS/Sheng Li  

wonderland london

wonderland london

The Winter Wonderland fun fair opened in London’s Hyde Park last Friday. The festive fair features several attractions including a “Magical Ice Kingdom” and a 200-foot-high ferris wheel. 960 1280

REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett  

russia snow

russia snow

Three generations of the Reutsky family throw snowballs in their swim trunks after swimming in the Yenisei River with the other members of the “Cryophil” winter swimming club in Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. 960 1280

REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin  

doha film

doha film

The 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar not only celebrates film, but education, family, and community. On Family Day children are invited to express themselves and explore animation, dance, music, film, and more. 960 1280

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thanksgiving football

thanksgiving football

Tony Romo, #9 of the Dallas Cowboys, looks for an open receiver under pressure from Chris Baker, #92 of the Washington Redskins, at Cowboy’s Stadium in Arlington, TX. The Redskins beat the Cowboys on this Thanksgiving Day game. 960 1280

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Delhi river

Delhi river

Migratory birds fly above as a man rows his boat on the Yamuna River in Delhi. 960 1280

REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal  

pole dancers

pole dancers

Performers do a pole dancing routine for street passersby to promote the Miss Pole Dance South America 2012 competition. 960 1280

REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian  

black friday

black friday

Bargain hunters make their purchases during the Black Thursday sale at Toys ‘R’ Us in Times Square. The store got a head start on the traditional Black Friday sales by opening their doors at 8pm on Thanksgiving night. 960 1280

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grey cup

grey cup

The Toronto Argonauts celebrate their victory of the 100th CFL Grey Cup Championship football game against the Calgary Stampeders in Toronto. 960 1280

REUTERS/Mark Blinch   

paris lights

paris lights

Christmas lights illuminate Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris. 960 1280

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UEFA match

UEFA match

Thomas Vermaelen of Arsenal steals the ball during the UEFA Champion’s League group B match between Arsenal FC and Montpellier Herault SC at Emirates Stadium in London. 960 1280

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carrot farmer

carrot farmer

A man washes carrots at a ranch near the city of Thula located in Amran governorate, Yemen. 960 1280

REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi  

roller derby

roller derby

The LA Derby Dolls and the New York Gotham Girls compete during the Roller Derby Xtreme in Melbourne. 960 1280

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wales flood

wales flood

Flood waters immerse houses in North Wales after a torrential overnight rain in St Asaph. Residents in up to 500 homes in St Asaph were urged to evacuate as flood waters continued to rise. 960 1280

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Queen barracks

Queen barracks

Members of the Household Cavalry show Queen Elizabeth II a horse during her visit at Combermere Barracks in Windsor, England. 960 1280

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psy award

psy award

PSY performs his pop hit “Gangnam Style” with special guest MC Hammer during the 40th American Music Awards in LA. 960 1280

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burgundy wine

burgundy wine

Guests attend a wine tasting in the cellar of Hotel Dieu before the 152nd Hospices de Beaune 2012 Burgundy Wine Auction in Beaune. Every year the glitzy event attracts wine lovers, exporters, and many celebrities. 960 1280

REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot  

white house tree

white house tree

First lady Michelle Obama, along with Malia, Sasha, and family dog, Bo, receive the 2012 White House Christmas tree. The 19-foot-Fraser-Fir tree comes from Jefferson, NC. 960 1280

REUTERS/Yuri Gripas   

rockerfeller tree

rockerfeller tree

The Rockerfeller Center Christmas Tree is lit during the 80th annual Lighting ceremony in NYC. 960 1280

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men standing in the ocean
men standing in the ocean

men standing in the ocean

Volunteers stand and read the morning newspaper while “waiting for the bus” at Henley Beach on Jan. 8 in Adelaide, Australia. Surrealist artist Andrew Baines recruited 100 volunteers for this human installation, meant to illustrate corporate workers enjoying nature rather than waiting in a long queue for a trip to work. 960 1280

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dancers perform

dancers perform

Performers demonstrate the Coopers' Dance at Marienplatz Square on Jan. 7 in Munich. The Coopers' Dance, known in German as the Schaefflertanz, is performed every 7 years and dates back to 1702. 960 1280

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fathers pose for a picture

fathers pose for a picture

Paul Mears (Left), father of Chris Mears, and Jim Redmond, father of Derek Redmond, pose for a photograph in front of the London 1948 Olympic Cauldron. The British Olympic Association (BOA) announced the nomination process for its London 2012 Olympic torchbearers and introduced the first 2 nominees at Wembley Stadium on Jan. 10 in London. 960 1280

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people stand around in Union Square subway station

people stand around in Union Square subway station

Participants in the Union Square subway station during the annual “No Pants Subway Ride” on Jan. 8 in NYC. The annual event is staged by the group Improv Everywhere, which encourages people in dozens of cities worldwide to discard their pants while riding the subway. 960 1280

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African white lions and Bengali white tiger

African white lions and Bengali white tiger

African white lions Agata and Almaz, and Khan, a Bengali white tiger, look out from their open-air cage at the Royev Ruchey Zoo in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. 960 1280

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jockeys

jockeys

Jockeys Timothy Bell (R) and Hugh Bowman ride Play for Gold and Riding Honours during a Magic Millions photo call ahead of the Magic Millions official barrier draw at Surfers Paradise on Jan. 10 on the Gold Coast, Australia. 960 1280

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tennis player

tennis player

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland hits a forehand during her second round match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany during day 3 of the 2012 Sydney International at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on Jan. 10 in Sydney. 960 1280

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Football team celebrates

Football team celebrates

The Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating the Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Jan. 9 in New Orleans. 960 1280

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child holds a fish

child holds a fish

A child displays a fish caught through a hole into a frozen river during an ice fishing competition at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival on Jan. 7 in Hwacheon-gun, South Korea. The annual Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) Ice Festival attracts millions of visitors annually who gather to try their luck at ice fishing with traditional lures or even bare hands. 960 1280

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gymnast on pommel horse

gymnast on pommel horse

Louis Smith of Great Britain rounds the pommel horse during day 1 of the Men's Gymnastics Olympic Qualification round at North Greenwich Arena on Jan. 10 in London. 960 1280

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ladies from a circus

ladies from a circus

Members of a circus attend Pope Benedict XVI's Wednesday general audience in Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. 960 1280

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the new BMW 3 Series

the new BMW 3 Series

BMW executive Ian Robertson introduces the new BMW 3 Series during the press preview at the North American International Auto Show at the COBO Center on Jan. 9 in Detroit. 960 1280

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Photos

Horse Guards Parade, London

Horse Guards Parade, London

The Olympic spirit is alive and well at Horse Guards Parade where men in Union Jack bodysuits pose with a beach volleyball spectator. 960 1280

REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo   

Aare River, Switzerland

Aare River, Switzerland

During a world-record attempt on the Aare River between the villages of Kiesen and Bern in Switzerland, 1,500 participants attempt to row together in rubber dinghies across a distance of 9.9 miles. 960 1280

REUTERS/Thomas Hodel   

Castel Gandolfo, Italy

Castel Gandolfo, Italy

Pope Benedict XVI attends a concert by the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo in Italy. 960 1280

REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Pool   

CitiField in New York

CitiField in New York

New York Mets mascot "Mr. Met" unveils the 2013 All-Star Game logo, which was newly mounted in the outfield stands at Citi Field stadium in New York. 960 1280

REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine  

"Kiss-in" Protest

"Kiss-in" Protest

A couple kisses on national "kiss-in" day at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Hollywood, CA. The nationwide event was held by gay rights activists to protest the fast-food chain president's opposition to gay marriage. 960 1280

REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn   

Women's 1500m Semifinals at the London Olympic Games

Women's 1500m Semifinals at the London Olympic Games

Morgan Uceny of the US and Ekaterina Kostetskaya of Russia lead the pack in the women's 1500-meter semifinals of at the London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. 960 1280

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A performer walks down a staircase at Scotland’s 65th annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world. 960 1280

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Canal Parade, Amsterdam

Canal Parade, Amsterdam

The boats of the Canal Parade pass through the canals of Amsterdam as the highlight of the city’s annual gay pride parade. 960 1280

REUTERS/Paul Vreeker/United Photos   

Cyclists in Athens

Cyclists in Athens

With Greece in economic crisis, more people are taking to cycling for their commute, as can be seen in this weekly massive cycle ride in front of parliament and around the suburbs of Athens. 960 1280

REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis  

Sonja Basic of Croatia shoots while defended by Begona Fernandez Molinos of Spain during the women's quarterfinal match in handball during the London Olympic Games at the Copper Box arena. 960 1280

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Minsk, Belarus

Minsk, Belarus

A man takes a shower during a recreational sporting competition near the village of Pleshchenitsy, 44 miles northeast of Minsk, Belarus. An estimated 200 participants from neighboring countries took part in the weekend event, which featured biking and water-sporting activities. 960 1280

REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko   

Westminster Abbey in London

Westminster Abbey in London

A group of dancers from the Peca Brazil Arts Company entertain the crowds on the grounds of Westminster Abbey in London. 960 1280

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El Ajusco, Mexico

El Ajusco, Mexico

A man dressed as a zombie takes part in the "Run for Your Lives" 4K obstacle course race in El Ajusco, on the southern outskirts of Mexico City. 960 1280

REUTERS/Henry Romero   

2012 Teen Masters Bowling Championship

2012 Teen Masters Bowling Championship

Ashley Dunn bowls in the 2012 Teen Masters Bowling Championship in Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The championship is only the second time in history that Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall has hosted a bowling alley event. 960 1280

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Men's Decathlon Long-jump

Men's Decathlon Long-jump

South Africa's Willem Coertzen competes in the men's decathlon long-jump event at the London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. 960 1280

REUTERS/Phil Noble   

Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago

Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago

Brian Fallon and Alex Levine of Gaslight Anthem perform during Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago. 960 1280

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Ladies’ Day race at Kempton Racetrack

Ladies’ Day race at Kempton Racetrack

Darren Egan riding Attraction Ticket wins the Ladies’ Day race at Kempton racetrack in Sunbury, England. Ladies’ Day is a stylish annual event giving racegoers the opportunity to dress to impress. 960 1280

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Queen Elizabeth II hosts a Garden Party

Queen Elizabeth II hosts a Garden Party

Guests talk as Queen Elizabeth II hosts a Garden Party at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, officially ending her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. 960 1280

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masaya

masaya

Children dress up in silly costumes for celebrations honoring San Jeronimo, patron saint of the city of Masaya. They join in a dance, “El Torovenadao del pueblo,” which makes fun of Spanish conquistadors. 960 1280

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greenpeace

greenpeace

Greenpeace activists rally outside of congress in Valparaiso city, against a new fishing law that may lead to the over-exploitation of marine resources by fishing companies along the coast of Chile. 960 1280

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evil spirits parade

evil spirits parade

A couple in costumes and creepily-realistic gory makeup participated in the “Evil Spirits Parade” flash mob in Krasnoyarsk, Russia on Halloween. 960 1280

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surfing competition

surfing competition

A man walks along the beach during the ZJ Boarding House Halloween surf contest in Santa Monica, CA. 960 1280

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chonburi race

chonburi race

Jockeys in Thailand compete during Chonburi’s annual buffalo race. The event also celebrates the rice harvest, dating back to the buffalo trade. 960 1280

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world series

world series

San Francisco Giants fans celebrate after the baseball team won the MLB World Series against the Detroit Tigers. 960 1280

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raisin monday

raisin monday

St. Andrews University students in Scotland spray foam at each other for Raisin Monday. The tradition goes back to the early days of the school when new students would give seniors one pound of raisins in thanks for the senior’s help. Failure to do so would result in a dousing in the local fountain -- now replaced by a dousing with foam. 960 1280

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children london

children london

Children play along the South Bank in London, trying to catch a giant bubble. 960 1280

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hurricane sandy

hurricane sandy

A young woman must paddle-board down a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Bethany Beach, DE. The hurricane left millions of people on the East Coast with massive power outages and epic flooding. 960 1280

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bodybuilding

bodybuilding

A professional bodybuilding competition in Prague brings Edward Nunn of the US to compete and flex his muscles. 960 1280

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hurricane cabs

hurricane cabs

After Hurricane Sandy, floodwaters recede to reveal yellow cabs in Hoboken, NJ. 960 1280

Jeff Zelevansky  

isreal diamond trade

isreal diamond trade

A British trader inspects a diamond in the trading room of the Israel Diamond Exchange near Tel Aviv. Israel is the largest exporter of polished diamonds to the US. 960 1280

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A visitor views some of thousands of LED lights lighting up Illuminasia, the world's biggest indoor illuminations, at Blackpool Winter Gardens on April 17, 2014 in Blackpool, England. Blackpool's latest attraction, Luminasia, is the first new attraction to open in the seaside resort for 20 years. Over 35,000 LED lights have been used to create 6 interactive illuminated worlds including Land of the Giants, a planetarium and the Wonders of the World. The illuminatons have been made by chinese artisans brought in to bring their expertise and craftsmenship to the display. Each illuminated spectacle is covered in pure silk and follows in the style of chinese lanterns. 960 1280

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Penitents walk during a procession of the "La Vera-Cruz" brotherhood during Holy Week, on the Roman Bridge near the Mosque of Cordoba, southern Spain on April 14, 2014. Hundreds of Easter processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors. 960 1280

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The Nissan Sport Sedan is displayed during the 2014 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York on April 17, 2014. 960 1280

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Rockefeller Center hosts a display of over 260 unique egg sculptures as the finale of the Fabergé city-wide egg hunt on April 18, 2014 in New York City. 960 1280

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Britain's Prince William looks over the edge of a cliff and observes abseiling by the Mountain Youth Services group near his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, as they visit Narrow Neck Lookout in the Blue Mountains town of Katoomba, west of Sydney on April 17, 2014. Prince William and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. 960 1280

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2013 Boston Marathon bombing survivors Paul (C) and J.P. Norden (R) cross the finish line on the one-year anniversary of the bombings in Boston on April 15, 2014. The brothers took part in the final portion of the "Legs for Life Relay," joining family members and friends who walked the entire Marathon route to raise money for children needing prosthetic limbs. Vice President Joe Biden, other leaders and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing shared messages of thanks and defiance on Tuesday at a tribute to the 3 people killed and 264 wounded in the attack exactly one year ago. 960 1280

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The moon is shown in eclipse in Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil, on April 15, 2014. The lunar eclipse on Tuesday will unfold over 3 hours when the moon begins moving into the Earth's shadow. A little more than an hour later, the moon will be fully eclipsed and shrouded in an orange, red or brown glow. 960 1280

REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino  

Worshippers attend prayer at the Shwedagon pagoda to celebrate Thingyan, a New Year Water festival in Yangon, Myanmar. Thingyan is similar to other new year festivities seen in Southeast Asian countries such as Laos, Cambodia and Songkran in Thailand. 960 1280

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Children play in the flower fields on April 13, 2014 in Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands. The fields are in bloom early this year due to the very mild winter and tourists from all over the world flock to the so-called bulb area and the Keukenhof Flower Park to enjoy the colorful fields of blooming tulips and a wide range of other flowers. 960 1280

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A rabbit jumps over an obstacle at the traditional Easter market at the Old Town Square in Prague on April 14, 2014. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. 960 1280

REUTERS/David W Cerny