Collection: Cultural Traditions

A procession of gurus crosses a pontoon bridge across the Ganges River to bathe in the sacred waters on one of the Shahi Snan bathing days of Kumbh Mela.

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Two young men bathe in the polluted waters of the Ganges River as a multitude of pilgrims cross on temporary bridges to attend Kumbh Mela, a festival held in Prayaraj, India. The festival observes a period of time in which Hindus believe they can bathe at the confluence of holy rivers to be cleansed of their sins.

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Two young men bathe in the polluted waters of the Ganges River as a multitude of pilgrims cross on temporary bridges to attend Kumbh Mela, a festival held in Prayaraj, India. The festival observes a period of time in which Hindus believe they can bathe at the confluence of holy rivers to be cleansed of their sins.

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Two Indian friends attend the Ardh Kumbh Mela religious festival in Prayagraj, India.

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More than 100 million people from all over India to participate in the six-week long Kumbh Mela festival. They crowd toward the water to bathe and wash away their sins.

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Indian riders perform deadly stunts on motorcycles that defy the laws of physics in a carnival attraction known as the ‘Well of Death’ in northern India.

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Indian riders perform deadly stunts on motorcycles that defy the laws of physics in a carnival attraction known as the ‘Well of Death’ in northern India.

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Children dress up as Hindu mythological characters for performances during the Kumbh Mela festival.

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Portrait of an Indian man at the Ganges River in Prayagraj, India, during the Ardh Kumbh Mela religious festival.

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Portrait of an Indian man at the Ganges River in Prayagraj, India, during the Ardh Kumbh Mela religious festival.

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A man pours hot coffee into disposable clay cups for customers in Prayagraj, India.

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An elderly man with a turban and headphones cycles through the busy streets of Delhi, India.

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An Indian woman sits at the Jama Masjid of Delhi, India.

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An Indian women with henna on her hands poses for a portrait at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

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A Bhutanese man paints a prayer wheel in the courtyard of a museum and temple in the Tang Valley in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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A woman prepares lunch inside a traditional home in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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A Bhutanese woman carries a heavy load in the Haa Valley of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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Portrait of a man at an archery tournament in the Haa Valley in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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Portrait of a woman in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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Men stand on the road with their horses in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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