This week sees huge celebrations for the Lunar New Year as well as Carnival across parts of Europe and South America, making for a colourful collection for today’s images of the day.
Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, arrives to participate in the inaugural session of Myanmar‘s lower house parliament on Monday 1 February in Naypyitaw. Myanmar’s parliament, led for the first time by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, began a historic session that will install the country’s first democratically elected government in more than 50 years.
A Chinese family takes a selfie in front of trees decorated with light installations for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year at a shopping mall in Beijing today. Chinese people will celebrate the Lunar New Year on 8 February this year which marks the Year of Monkey on the Chinese zodiac.
Two carnival revellers masquerade as Leonardo da Vinci’s painting ‘Mona Lisa’ pose in St. Marks’ Square in Venice on Sunday 31 January. Carnival-goers in Venice are being asked by police to momentarily lift their masks as part of new anti-terrorism measures for the annual festivities.
The National Weather Service in Nevada posted a picture to its Facebook saying that it had experience record snowfall: “A lot of places saw significant snowfall today, and we even set a new record at the Reno Airport. 7 inches of snow fell today, doubling the previous record of 3.5 inches that was set back in 1932. The storm total snow at the airport between yesterday and today was 8.4 inches.”
People cool off in water during the “Escravos da Maua” block party, as part of pre-Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday. Merrymakers are taking to the streets in hundreds of open-air “bloco” parties, before the start of the city’s over-the-top Carnival, which officially starts the first week of February, the highlight of the year for many residents. “Escravos da Maua” translates as Slaves of Maua.
Members of a Chinese dance group check a cellphone during celebrations of the Chinese New Year at Lisbon‘s Estrela park Sunday. The Chinese new year, the year of the monkey, starts on 8 February. There are some twenty thousand Chinese living in Portugal, half of them in Lisbon.