Dancers and drummers forming a group known as "comparsa" competing by playing and dancing to the rhythm of the traditional "candombe" music in Montevideo, Uruguay, during the first day of the "Llamadas" carnival, the world's longest.
She may be edging into her nineties, but Tran Thi Tam still refuses to serve her children store-bought banh chung, the savoury rice cake prepared in a frenzy during Vietnam's lunar new year festival known as Tet.
A student taking part in the face-painting competition at the Kids for Tigers Annual Tiger Fest in Mumbai, India. The annual fest in its 15th year aims to bring out the vital connection between the survival of the tiger and the ecological security of the Indian subcontinent.
Passengers traveling on a train as they head to their hometowns for the Lunar New Year holiday at Shanghai South railway station. Over 2.9 billion trips are expected to be made around China during the 40-day Spring Festival travel rush beginning January 24.
Chinese opera artists getting ready backstage ahead of a performance at a village in Nakhon Pathom province, west of Bangkok. Caked in white make-up and dressed in garish clothes, the small troupe of Thai performers of Chinese opera take to the stage to belt out the unmistakable notes of their trade.
A family burning votive papers, including Kitchen God's hats and shoes, as offerings, in the street of downtown Hanoi as Vietnamese celebrate "Kitchen God Day" in preparation for the Lunar New Year or Tet next week.