Today’s images from around the world span from Kyoto to Ottawa and feature a Viking festival in Scotland, preparations for Lunar New Year in Malaysia, fashion in Paris and more.
Members of the Jarl Squad dressed in Viking costumes carry flaming torches as the Galley burns, during the Up Helly Aa Viking festival in Lerwick on the Shetland Isles, Scotland. Originating in the 1880s, the festival celebrates Shetland’s Norse heritage and sees a ‘Viking longship’ dragged through the streets of Lerwick, led by a horde of people dressed as Vikings before being set alight.
A person is silhouetted in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, 26 January.
A tourist lies on the floor cast with shadows of traditional Chinese lanterns ahead of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, 27 January. The Lunar New Year which falls on 8 February this year marks the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese calendar.
Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld poses with models at the end of Chanel’s Spring-Summer 2016 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Tuesday, 26 January.
Two Japanese ladies wearing kimonos photograph themselves in a traffic mirror in Kyoto, Japan.
The Capitol in Washington is seen at sunrise, Tuesday, 26 January.
In this photo taken on Monday, 25 January, wooden panels cover statues inside the Rome’s Capitoline Museums. A decision by Italian officials to cover up ancient nude statues to not offend Iran’s visiting president is drawing ridicule in Rome. Ahead of a press conference Monday with Premier Matteo Renzi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, wooden panels were erected around some Roman statues in Rome’s Capitoline Museums. The museum says the Premier’s office wanted the statues along Rouhani’s path to the press conference covered up. Renzi’s office declined to comment.