It’s Groundhog Day in the US and Candlemas Day in parts of Europe, both beloved and peculiar celebrations. The first sees the celebration of a groundhog, and the other is a day for polishing candles. Here are the images of the day from around the world.
In this photo provided by the Prefecture Maritime Atlantique, the 164-meter (538-foot) cargo ship Modern Express is towed as it drifts off the coast of France. Rescuers successfully diverted the cargo ship threatening to run aground in southwestern France after five days adrift, and started towing it Tuesday toward the Spanish port of Bilbao.
New Horizons by Trevor Tennant, 1963, on display at Somerset House in London as part of their Out There: Our Post-War Public Art exhibition. The exhibit celebrates England’s fascinating yet forgotten national collection of public art. Many pieces have been lost, damaged, moved or even destroyed, others saved, celebrated and widely loved. Historic England, formerly English Heritage, will explain why post war public art matters, how it might be looked after better and what we can all do to help save it.
Martaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old Afghan Lionel Messi fan, plays football at the Afghan Football Federation Stadium in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday 2 February. The Afghan Football Federation plans to set up a meeting between Messi and Ahmadi, who became an internet sensation when photos circulated of him wearing an improvised Messi shirt made from a plastic bag.
Cecilia Laurent is seen in her home in Laval, Quebec on Monday. Laurent, who celebrated her 120th birthday Sunday, is thought to be the oldest person alive.
Inner Circle President Bill Deeley shows Punxsutawney Phil to tourists ahead of Groundhog Day which is celebrated today. Members of the Inner Circle planned to reveal their forecast at sunrise Tuesday. A German legend says that if a furry rodent sees his shadow on 2 February, winter will last an additional six weeks. If not, spring comes early. In reality, Phil’s prediction is decided ahead of time by the group.
Employees at Ueno Zoo use a net to capture a mock zebra during an emergency drill, in Tokyo, on Tuesday. The zoo created the scenario to rehearse procedures for an actual zebra escape.