Vendors sell fruits at a local market in Kathmandu on November 12, 2012 ahead of the Nepalese festival of Tihar. Tihar, known as the festival of lights, is a five-day festival which began from today November 12 with the worshipping of various forms of animals. The festival is also celebrated in honour of the Hindu goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth. Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images
By Rafiq Maqbool, AP Devotees form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd, in Mumbai, India. The event is an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami, the festival that marks the birth of the Hindu god Krishna.
Thousands of Muslims gather in the Grand Mosque, in Islam's holiest city of Mecca and home to the Kaaba (center), as they take part in dawn (fajir) prayers on August 29, 2010, to start their day-long fast during the holy month or Ramadan. (AMER HILABI/AFP/Getty Images) #