Lonely Planet Writer

Around the world in 9 images: pictures of the day

Today’s images from around the world feature the Thaipusam festival in Malaysia, snowfall in Taiwan and in the Eastern USA, beached whales in the UK, the Venice Carnival in Italy and the Alasita Fair in Bolivia.

Hindu devotees carry milk pots on their heads while participating in a procession during the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Thaipusam, which is celebrated in honor of Hindu god Lord Murugan, is an annual procession by Hindu devotees seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks.
Image by AP Photo/Joshua Paul

Hindu devotees carry milk pots on their heads while participating in a procession during the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday. Thaipusam, which is celebrated in honor of Hindu god Lord Murugan, is an annual procession by Hindu devotees seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks.

People clear snow from parked cars on Henry Street in the Chinatown neighborhood in New York on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Millions of Americans began digging out Sunday from a mammoth blizzard that set a new single-day snowfall record in Washington and New York City.
Image by AP Photo/Peter Morgan

People clear snow from parked cars on Henry Street in the Chinatown neighbourhood in New York on Sunday. Millions of Americans began digging out on Sunday from a mammoth blizzard that set a new single-day snowfall record in Washington and New York City.

A woman walks her dog before sunrise on Whitley Bay beach, Tyne and Wear.
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A woman walks her dog before sunrise on Whitley Bay beach, Tyne and Wear, UK.

A masked woman poses in St. Mark's square during the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. The Venice carnival in the historical lagoon city attracts people from around the world.
Image by AP Photo/Luca Bruno

A masked woman poses in St. Mark’s square during the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Sunday. The Venice carnival in the historical lagoon city attracts people from around the world.

A woman sells miniature rag dolls in the likeness of "cholitas" at the Alasita Fair in La Paz, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Following ancient Aymara indigenous tradition, "Alasita" is an Aymaran word that means "buy me," and is the name of the annual fair where people buy miniature items that represent things they hope to attain within the year. People buy the cholita dolls for decoration.
Image by AP Photo/Juan Karita

A woman sells miniature rag dolls in the likeness of “cholitas” at the Alasita Fair in La Paz, Bolivia on Sunday. Following ancient Aymara indigenous tradition, “Alasita” is an Aymaran word that means “buy me,” and is the name of the annual fair where people buy miniature items that represent things they hope to attain within the year. People buy the cholita dolls for decoration.

A couple sleds down the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art during a snowstorm, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Philadelphia.
Image by AP Photo/Matt Slocum

A couple sleds down the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art during a snowstorm on Saturday, in Philadelphia.

A lady walks her dog over the newly erected foot bridge over the M62 in Liverpool.
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A lady walks her dog over the newly erected foot bridge over the M62 in Liverpool, UK.

Handout photo taken from the Twitter feed of the @RNLIskegness of one of three dead sperm whales that have washed up on a beach in Lincolnshire, just a day after another was beached in Norfolk.
Image by Ray Chapman/RNLI/MCA/PA Wire

Handout photo taken from the Twitter feed of the @RNLIskegness of one of three dead sperm whales that have washed up on a beach in Lincolnshire, just a day after another was beached in Norfolk, UK.

A mother and daughter play in the light snowfall on a tea plantation in the Pinglin mountain area of New Taipei City, Taiwan, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. An unusually cold weather front that caused sudden drops in temperatures has been blamed for killing a number of people in Taiwan's greater Taipei area.
Image by AP Photo/Wally Santana

A mother and daughter play in the light snowfall on a tea plantation in the Pinglin mountain area of New Taipei City, Taiwan on Monday. An unusually cold weather front that caused sudden drops in temperatures has been blamed for killing a number of people in Taiwan’s greater Taipei area.