Crowds rush together to light their torches during the annual Fire Festival (Bugum Kyuu) in Nalerigu, Ghana. The event is a centuries-old tradition among the Mamprusi and many other ethnic groups of Ghana’s north. In towns and villages across the region, crowds will gather at chiefs’ palaces where they will ceremonially light the first torch, wave it around their heads thrice and throw it to the ground. Some superstitiously believe that doing this brings good luck in the new year. IMB Photo

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