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Religious holidays of the world


In the world there are many religious holidays. Each religion, their rituals, traditions and ceremonies, accompanied with a Grand celebration.

The feast of Ashura symbolizes the Shiite Muslims the punishment of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Hussein who was killed in battle in Karbala, Iraq, in 680 ad. It is a national holiday in countries such as Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon… photo: Afghan Shiites are engaged in self-flagellation with chains and blades during Ashura on December 27, 2009. (UPI/Hossein Fatemi)

Good Friday symbolizes the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death. Photo: Christians raise the crucifixion of El Salvador, Savalou (center) in the role of Jesus Christ during the ritual “the way of the cross” in Chicago April 2, 2010. The annual ritual on Good Friday, attended by thousands of people to traverse a distance of 2.4 km in the center of the Mexican-American community of Pilsen in Chicago. (UPI/Brian Kersey)

Vaisakhi – Sikh holiday, symbolizing the Foundation of the order of Hals in: Anandpur in 1699, the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. Dropping out mid-April on the Gregorian calendar, Vaisakhi marks the beginning of harvest season. Photo: one of many moving platforms at the parade in honor of Baisakhi 14 April 2007. (UPI Photo/Heinz Ruckemann)

The festival of Kumbh Mela is held every three years in four different cities in India (thus, in each city every 12 years). The festival lasts 42 days and attracts millions of people. People believe that bathing in the sacred waters of the Ganges river, they wash away their sins. Photo: Indian believers bathe in the Ganges river on the festival of the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar on April 14, 2010.

Every Muslim (if he is physically able to do it) have to make in your life is the Hajj pilgrimage at least once. The annual Hajj pilgrimage is the largest annual pilgrimage in the world – it involves up to two million Muslims. Photo: Saudi officer Hassan looks at Muslims who pray at the birthplace of the prophet Muhammad in the great mosque in Mecca December 4, 2008. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)

Purim – a holiday in honor of the liberation of the Jewish people from the oppression of the Persian Empire. On Purim it is customary to publicly read the book of Esther, to give food and drinks and to give alms to the poor. On the photo: the small ultra-Orthodox in costume to celebrate Purim in the neighbourhood of MEA she’arim in Jerusalem March 5, 2007. (UPI Photo/Debbie Hilll)

Holi – spring festival of the Hindus and Sikhs, which is celebrated in countries such as India, Nepal, Sri Lanka. Indians are thrown into each other with colored powder at the banke Bihari temple in Mathura on March 10, 2009. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)

Indian boy in the paint after celebrating the Festival of Colors in new Delhi on March 11, 2009. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)

Baptism is a Christian holiday that marks the transition of the Lord in human form in the body of Jesus Christ. Photo: Orthodox Christians plunge into the water from the river Jordan on 18 January 2010. Hundreds of Orthodox Christians gathered for a religious festival near the town of Jericho, where, according to tradition, John the Evangelist baptized Jesus Christ. (UPI/Debbie Hill)

The ancient ritual of Kaparot always executed before the Jewish day of atonement Yom Kippur. Photo: ultra-Orthodox Jew holds a chicken over the head of the child, with the prayers in Jerusalem October 7, 2008. (UPI Photo/Debbie Hill)

Eid al Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. Pictured: senior leader of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh speaks to the audience at a mass prayer in Gaza on 30 September 2008. (UPI Photo/Ismael Mohamad)

Iranian women in traditional costumes gathered around a fire at a religious ceremony garden West of the capital Tehran on 30 January 2010. Garden in Persian means “hundred” that is related to one hundred days and nights left to the beginning of the new Persian year, which is celebrated on the first day of spring. (UPI/Maryam Rahmanian)

Christmas. Palestinian boy lights a candle at the Church of the Nativity of the virgin Mary, where, according to legend, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem 20 December 2009. (UPI/Debbie Hill)

Palm Sunday is a Christian holiday that always falls on the Sunday before Easter. Believers celebrate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Photo: Christians carry palm and olive branches in the procession for palm Sunday in Jerusalem on March 28, 2010. (UPI/Debbie Hill)

Rosh Hashanah is considered the eve of the Jewish New year and falls on the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. Photo: the haredim praying at the Western wall in the old city of Jerusalem on September 22, 2006. (UPI Photo/Debbie Hill)

Easter is a Christian holiday, symbolizing the resurrection of Jesus Christ. On the photo: Russian Orthodox priest lights the Easter cakes and eggs in the Peter and Paul Church in Moscow on 3 April 2010. (UPI Photo/Alex Natin)

World youth day – an event of the Catholic Church aimed at young people and organized by Pope John Paul II in 1986. Photo: Pope John Paul II waves to the crowd from the car on the square in Toronto on 25 July 2002. The event is attended by up to 300,000 pilgrims. (cc/cc/Christine Chew UPI)