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Brightly colored prayer flags gently blowing in the wind outside the Wat Chedi Luang, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Buddhist worshippers come to sprinkle water on statues of Buddha, helping to ring in Songkran, the Thai new year. IMB Photo

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Thai Buddhists visit the Wat Chedi Luang, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to sprinkle water on statues of the Buddha, helping to ring in Songkran, the Thai new year. They believe this will bring good fortunes to their lives. IMB Photo

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During Songkran, the Thai new year national holiday, Thai Buddhists pour water on statues of Buddha. Throwing or pouring the water is meant to wash away bad luck from the previous year, and to represent purification and good fortune. As believers, we know that the only thing that makes us truly pure is the blood of Christ. IMB missionaries labor to share this truth with the nations. IMB Photo

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Buddhist worshippers pray and worship at the Wat Chedi Luang, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The most iconic ritual of Songkran, the Thai new year festival, is the pouring of water over Buddha statues to symbolize purification and the washing away of all sins and bad luck. Buddhism is the most prominent religion in Thailand. IMB Photo

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A woman in Ghana dances during a celebration in her village.

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Men participate in Vesak festivities in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. Vesak Buddha’s birthday and is one of Sri Lanka’s major religious festivals and is celebrated on the first full moon of the month of May.

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Teenage boys take part in a Hindu festival in Old Delhi, India.

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Hofburg Wien Palace in Vienna, Austria.

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A man plays a drum during Refugee Week. Refugee Week is an annual, weeklong celebration held across the United Kingdom that celebrates the contributions that refugees make in the U.K.

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Two refugees smile for a photo during Refugee Week. Refugee Week is an annual, weeklong celebration held across the United Kingdom that celebrates the contributions that refugees make in the U.K.

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Portrait of a refugee in London, England, during Refugee Week. Refugee Week is an annual, weeklong celebration held across the United Kingdom that celebrates the contributions that refugees make in the U.K.

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Portrait of a refugee in London, England, during Refugee Week. Refugee Week is an annual, weeklong celebration held across the United Kingdom that celebrates the contributions that refugees make in the U.K.

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Dancers prepare for a performance in London’s Chinese New Year festivities. London, England, is one of the most culturally-diverse places on earth and is home to a large Chinese population.

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Dancers perform as part of Chinese New Year festivities in London, England. Chinese New Year in London, and globally, is the biggest festival of the year in Chinese communities. London is one of the most culturally-diverse places on earth and is home to a large Chinese population.

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Dancers prepare to perform the dragon dance as part of Chinese New Year festivities in London, England. The parade ended in Trafalgar Square where an all-day festival started. The annual event was organized by the London Chinatown Chinese Association. London is one of the most culturally-diverse places on earth.

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During a Sikh festival, men line the streets to pray in Southall, a suburb of London, England. The suburb is home to a large Sikh population.

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Sikhs in a suburb of London, England, gather to celebrate a Sikh festival celebrating the first guru, Guru Nanak. The U.K. is home to a large Sikh population.

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A woman prays during the Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurab festival in Southall, a suburb of London, England. The area is home to a large Sikh population.

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Sikh men outside of London clasp their hands in prayer during the Sikh holiday Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurab. Southall, s suburb of London, England, is home to a large Sikh population.

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Sikh men and women take part in events related to the Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurab festival in Southall, a suburb of London, England. The festival is the most sacred in Sikhism and celebrates the birth of the first guru. The largest Sikh temple, known as a gurdwara, is located in Southall.

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