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Photographs: Alicia Canter for the Guardian, Yui Mok/PA & Matt Cardy/Getty Images

An inspector wearing a mask tries to make a baby, held by an amateur sumo wrestler, cry during the Nakizumo Festival, or crying baby contest, at Sensoji Temple in Tokyo.

Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/EPA

There are many ways of wearing the hijab, as photographer Sara Shamsavari’s pictures of Muslim women on the streets of London demonstrate. Her photographs are being exhibited at the Royal Festival Hall for International Women’s Day as part of the Women of the World festival

From 24 hours in pictures: in Jerusalem, <a href=”">two men celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim</a>

Photograph: <a href=”">Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images</a> 

Chifeng, Inner Mongolia: herdsmen decorate a camel in celebration of the traditional livestock prosperity festival at Hexigten Banner, chosen as part of our 24 hours in pictures gallery

Photograph: Sun Guoshu/Xinhua Press/Corbis

A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, in honour of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony’s Day hundreds of people ride their horses through the narrow cobblestone streets of village during the Luminarias, a traditional festival meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires and protect them for the year to come.

Photograph: Daniel Ochoa De Olza/AP

A man jumps up and down in the water at Sangam during the Kumbh Mela. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the religious congregation on the banks of Sangam in Allahbad. Four times every 12 years pilgrims travel to wash themselves in sacred rivers, believing that it will cleanse them of sin and liberate them from the cycle of life, death and rebirth.

Full photo gallery of the festival here.

Photograph: Kevin Frayer/AP

Art installation El Pulpo Mecanico warms up night-time revellers at Burning Man, the madcap arts and music festival staged each year in Nevada’s Black Rock desert

Ensuring that Somaliland’s oral tradition endures is one of the motivating factors behind the Hargeisa book fair, the brainchild of Jama Musse Jama, a senior analyst with a computer science company who lives in Pisa, Italy.

The event – now in its fifth year – celebrates not just literature but theatre, film and music, as well as showing off Somaliland’s local products from fruit to its version of Coca-Cola.