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Photos of the Week: Start of Hanukkah, Our Lady of Guadalupe

Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo gallery includes the start of Hanukkah, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and more.

(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo gallery includes the start of Hanukkah, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and more.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish yeshiva students light candles on the first night of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day commemoration of the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to put statues of Greek gods in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Giant Christmas tree ornaments stand near the site of what organizers describe as “the world’s largest Hanukkah menorah,” Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, along Fifth Avenue in New York, on the first night of the annual eight-day long Jewish festival of lights. Due to coronavirus restrictions, only a limited and socially-distanced crowd was allowed to attend. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, left, and Rabbi Segal Shmoel, second from left, inspect a giant Hanukkah menorah set up by the Jewish Chabad Educational Center ahead of the Jewish Hanukkah holiday, at the Pariser Platz in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Nihang, or Sikh warriors, display their martial art skills at a protest during a nationwide shutdown called by thousands of Indian farmers protesting new agriculture laws, at the Delhi-Haryana state border, India, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. The strike follows five rounds of talks between the farmers and the Indian government that have failed to produce any breakthroughs. The farmers, many of which are Sikhs, say the laws will lead the government to stop buying grain at minimum guaranteed prices and result in exploitation by corporations that will push down prices. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

A Buddhist devotee donates alms to a Buddhist monk, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

A pilgrim wears a mask with and image of the Virgin of Guadalupe outside the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. The church will be closed starting Thursday to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

A health worker disinfects pilgrims on their way to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, as Alejandro Castillo carries an image of the Virgin on his back Dec. 9, 2020, in Mexico City. Castillo departed his home in San Gregorio Atzompa, Puebla state, along with his family to make the pilgrimage to the basilica on Dec. 6, and made it to the temple a day before it closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

An anti-abortion activist prays during a demonstration against the decriminalization of abortion, outside Congress as lawmakers debate a bill on its legalization, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

The Boston Academy of Notre Dame float in the Catholic Youth Organization parade on October 3, 1948, in Boston. It was one of 80 floats in the Catholic Youth Organization parade, which police called the largest procession of young people ever held in New England. Eighty thousand children, representing every parish in the Boston Archdiocese, took part. More than 1.5 million people watched the six-hour-long parade. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society

A special Christmas Day program to be broadcast to Poland by Radio Free Europe is recorded in a studio by Polish-American children, in New York City, on Dec. 23, 1955. Similar messages of sympathy and Christmas cheer were broadcast to Catholics and Protestants in other countries behind the Iron Curtain by RFE and the Voice of America. Among the countries receiving the programs were Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society