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(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes images from International Yoga Day, World Refugee Day and more.

Officials check an area where mats are laid in preparation for International Day of Yoga in Dehradun, India, on June 20, 2018. International Yoga Day was June 21. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

A Hindu holy man smears ash on his face ahead of the annual Ambubachi festival at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, India, on June 21, 2018. Hundreds of Hindu holy men have arrived to perform rituals at Kamakhya for the four-day festival that begins on Saturday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Palestinians spend the day at the beach during Eid al-Fitr in Tel Aviv, Israel, on June 16, 2018. The Muslim holiday marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Defense personnel perform yoga on the deck of the naval aircraft carrier Viraat on International Yoga Day in Mumbai, India, on June 21, 2018. Millions of yoga enthusiasts around the world took part in mass yoga events to mark the day. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

On June 20, World Refugee Day, an exiled Tibetan Buddhist distributes ceremonial water to devotees who lined the street to welcome the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. The Dalai Lama and his followers have been living in the Himalayan town of Dharamsala in northern India since fleeing Tibet after a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

Nepalese workers paint the Dhando Chaitya stupa (a dome-shaped shrine) in Kathmandu, Nepal, on June 19, 2018. Dhando Chaitya is believed to be one of the oldest Buddhist stupas. It was constructed by Charumati, the daughter of Indian emperor Ashoka. Charumati was married to a Nepalese prince in Kathmandu while there to spread the teachings of Buddha. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Aymara indigenous leaders perform a ritual at the ruins of Tiwanaku, Bolivia, on June 21, 2018, to mark the Andean New Year. Bolivia’s Aymara communities are also marking the Southern Hemisphere’s winter solstice, which begins a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Activists lie on the ground during a World Refugee Day protest in Madrid, Spain, on June 20, 2018. In addition to war and famine, religious persecution is a leading cause for refugee movements. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)

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