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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 Pakistani man stands in his roadside flag shop on Independence Day in Karachi, Pakistan. IMB Photo

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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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Powdered color pigments often used for Holi, an Indian holiday, are for sale in a market in Bangalore, India.

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Portrait of a Muslim man at Eid al-Fitr prayers, which mark the end of Ramadan at Place de la Révolution in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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A boy stands next to his father during Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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Muslims mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr prayers in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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Muslims mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr prayers in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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Young Muslim women dress stylishly and wear henna to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramandan in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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A Muslim woman and her daughter take selfies during Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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Portrait of a young Muslim man during Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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Drummers and dancers perform outside the Mamprusi paramount chief’s palace in Nalerigu, Ghana, during the annual Damba Festival.

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A Baptist seminary student prays in Brobo, Côte d’Ivoire, during his church’s day of celebration on Pentecost.

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A young girl prays in Brobo, Côte d’Ivoire, during the Baptist church’s day of celebration on Pentecost.

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Believers pray in Brobo, Côte d’Ivoire, during the Baptist church’s day of celebration of Pentecost.

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Drummers march and perform along a parade route during Christmas Eve celebrations in Bethlehem.

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A Hindu woman carries a jug of milk on her head and up the steps to Batu Cave in celebration of the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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