Photospeak | The Festi-week that was

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What else were people marking apart from the period of Lent last week? Here are some of the usual ... and crazy forms other celebrations took

Last week was a festival-filled one — not just for the Christians who marked the period of Lent but for a whole bunch of communities around the world. And their ideas of celebration weren’t confined to what fixed, sacred texts dictated them to do.

Like this bunch of villagers trying to catch ducks as they celebrate a traditional festival on Thursday of ethnic Miao, in Jianhe, Guizhou Province, China.

~Photo: Reuters

Or this racer competing on a square road course with sharp corners during the ISU-1 Grand Prix on March 26, 2016 in Kyotanabe, Japan. In the Isu-1 Grand Prix or chair-one grand prix, a two hour endurance race, participants compete on an office chair balancing the speed and the chairs' ability to race for 2 hours without critical damage. ~Photo: Trevor Williams/Getty Images

Or even this gaucho riding an untamed horse during Creole week celebrations in Montevideo. All Easter week gauchos all over Uruguay and neighboring Argentina and Brazil come to Montevideo to compete for the award of best rider.

~Photo: Andres Stapff/Reuters

Meanwhile in India, it was a season for colours. And Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell decided jump right into it on Wednesday, as he celebrated Holi with the Chandigarh locals ahead of his team’s clash against Pakistan at the World T20 championships.

~Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

And as you would know it, Holi — like many other Hindu festivals — marks the victory of good over evil. The forces of darkness are personified in the form of effigies and set alight on the occasion. Keeping up with the times, the residents of Worli decided to opt for a rather different villain this year: the controversial liquor baron Vijay Mallya.

~Photo: Vijay Bate/The Hindu

Elsewhere in the city of Mumbai, Mrs. Gulnar Tangri , a Parsi lady, prays with her daughter Fiza during Avan Nu Parab at Girgaum Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai on 24th March 2016. The day is celebrated with great religious fervour and gusto by Parsis in India. A visit is made to the local sea, river, lake or the well, and prayers are offered to Avan Yazaz. Along with prayers, Parsis make small offerings of sweet, non-polluting things to Avan Banu, like the favourite Dal-ni-pori, clarified sugar, milk, coconut and a few flowers.

~Photo: Shantanu Das/The Hindu

In faraway Israel, an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy (centre) from the Belz Hasidic dynasty dressed in a Purim costume takes part in the reading from the Book of Esther ceremony performed on the Jewish holiday of Purim, in Jerusalem March 24, 2016. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther.

~Photo: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

And some seem to have reached a saturation point with serious religion and its fringe outfits who react with utmost seriousness for anything and everything. These members of ‘Dinkoism’ — a satiric religion against fanaticism and communalism —in Kozhikode, Kerala got the idea to float it online a while ago, as a way to take gentle pot-shots at various religious groups that take offence at the drop of a hat. The presiding deity of the group is ‘Dinkan’, the rat with superpowers featured in the children’s magazine Balamangalam , which happens to be the ‘holy book’ of the group.

~Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup/The Hindu

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