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Photos from around the world feature Nowruz, Purim and Holy Week

Today’s photos from around the world feature celebrations of Nowruz in Kosovo, the Jewish holiday of Purim, and Holy Week in Spain.

Jewish Ultra-Orthodox men and children wearing costumes, read the Book of Esther, which tells the story of the Jewish festival of Purim, in Bnei Brak, Israel, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther.
Image by AP Photo/Oded Balilty

Jewish Ultra-Orthodox men and children wearing costumes, read the Book of Esther, which tells the story of the Jewish festival of Purim, in Bnei Brak, Israel, Wednesday. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther.

Women standing on a balcony of a Tekke look at Kosovo dervishes, followers of Sufism a mystical form of Islam that preaches tolerance and a search for understanding, participating in a ceremony marking Nowruz day in the Tekke's prayer room in the southern Kosovo town of Prizren on Wednesday, March 22, 2016. The Kosovo dervish community carries on centuries-old mystical practices, such as self-piercing with needles and knives as a way to earn salvation and find the path to God.
Image by AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu

Women standing on a balcony of a Tekke look at Kosovo dervishes, followers of Sufism a mystical form of Islam that preaches tolerance and a search for understanding, participating in a ceremony marking Nowruz day in the Tekke’s prayer room in the southern Kosovo town of Prizren on Wednesday. The Kosovo dervish community carries on centuries-old mystical practices, such as self-piercing with needles and knives as a way to earn salvation and find the path to God.

Penitents take part in the procession of the "Santa Veracruz" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Calahorra, northern Spain, Wednesday, March 24, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.
Image by AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos

Penitents take part in the procession of the “Santa Veracruz” brotherhood, during Holy Week in Calahorra, northern Spain, Wednesday. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.

A bicycle is encased in wet, heavy snow as a spring storm blankets downtown Denver early Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The wet, heavy snow and strong winds have crippled travel in north central Colorado, shutting down some highways and schools and canceling flights at Denver's airport.
Image by AP Photo/David Zalubowski

A bicycle is encased in wet, heavy snow as a spring storm blankets downtown Denver early Wednesday. The wet, heavy snow and strong winds have crippled travel in north central Colorado, shutting down some highways and schools and canceling flights at Denver’s airport.

A woman takes a selfie beneath blooming plum trees at a public park in Beijing, Thursday, March 24, 2016. Visitors have been coming to parks in China's capital city in increasing numbers as flowers and trees are beginning to bloom in an annual rite of spring.
Image by AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

A woman takes a selfie beneath blooming plum trees at a public park in Beijing, Thursday. Visitors have been coming to parks in China’s capital city in increasing numbers as flowers and trees are beginning to bloom in an annual rite of spring.

Competitors taking part in the World Irish Dancing Championships at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 23, 2016. Competition is hotting up in Glasgow as dancers compete to be crowned champions of the world in Irish dancing. More than 5,000 competitors from across the globe are taking part in the championships, the most prestigious event in the Irish dancing calendar.
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Competitors taking part in the World Irish Dancing Championships at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. The competition is hotting up in Glasgow as dancers compete to be crowned champions of the world in Irish dancing. More than 5,000 competitors from across the globe are taking part in the championships, the most prestigious event in the Irish dancing calendar.

Penitents take part in the procession of the "Santa Veracruz" brotherhood during Holy Week in Calahorra, northern Spain, Wednesday, March 24, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.
Image by AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos

Penitents take part in the procession of the “Santa Veracruz” brotherhood during Holy Week in Calahorra, northern Spain, Wednesday. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.

A girl walks to a synagogue of the Tzanz Hasidic dynasty community to read the Book of Esther, which tells the story of the Jewish festival of Purim, in Netanya, Israel, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther.
Image by AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

A girl walks to a synagogue of the Tzanz Hasidic dynasty community to read the Book of Esther, which tells the story of the Jewish festival of Purim, in Netanya, Israel, Wednesday. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther.