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Photos of the Week: Carnival cancellations, Lunar New Year

This week’s photo selection includes cancellations of Carnival celebrations, the Lunar New Year marking the Year of the Ox in the Chinese zodiac and more. 

Ethnic Chinese worshippers light joss sticks during Lunar New Year's Eve celebrations at a temple in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, late Thursday, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo selection includes cancellations of Carnival celebrations, the Lunar New Year marking the Year of the Ox in the Chinese zodiac and more. 

Ethnic Chinese worshippers light joss sticks during Lunar New Year's Eve celebrations at a temple in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, late Thursday, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Ethnic Chinese worshippers light joss sticks during Lunar New Year’s Eve celebrations at a temple in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, late Thursday, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Buddhist monks watch and wait to make an offering to performers with the JL Lion Dance Sports Association during a Lunar New Year celebration at Dao Quang Temple on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Garland, Texas. The celebration marks the Year of the Ox in the Chinese calendar. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Buddhist monks watch and wait to make an offering to performers with the JL Lion Dance Sports Association during a Lunar New Year celebration at Dao Quang Temple on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Garland, Texas. The celebration marks the Year of the Ox in the Chinese calendar. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Security guards watch as a woman offers prayer near a barricade tape outside the closed Yonghegong Lama Temple, usually crowded with worshippers, during the first day of the Lunar New Year, in Beijing, China, on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Festivities for the holiday, normally East Asia's busiest tourism season, are muted after China, Vietnam, Taiwan and other governments tightened travel curbs and urged the public to avoid big gatherings following renewed virus outbreaks. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Security guards watch as a woman offers prayer near a barricade tape outside the closed Yonghegong Lama Temple, usually crowded with worshippers, during the first day of the Lunar New Year, in Beijing, China, on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Festivities for the holiday, normally East Asia’s busiest tourism season, are muted after China, Vietnam, Taiwan and other governments tightened travel curbs and urged the public to avoid big gatherings following renewed virus outbreaks. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Buddhist worshippers burn joss sticks as they pray at the Wong Tai Sin Temple, in Hong Kong, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, to celebrate the Lunar New Year, which marks the Year of the Ox in the Chinese zodiac. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Buddhist worshippers burn joss sticks as they pray at the Wong Tai Sin Temple, in Hong Kong, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, to celebrate the Lunar New Year, which marks the Year of the Ox in the Chinese zodiac. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hindu devotees dry their clothes after a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati rivers, on the eve of the 'Mauni Amavasya' or new moon day, the third and the most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month-long Hindu religious festival "Magh Mela" in Prayagraj, India on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, hoping to wash away sins during the month-long festival. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Hindu devotees dry their clothes after a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati rivers, on the eve of the ‘Mauni Amavasya’ or new moon day, the third and the most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month-long Hindu religious festival “Magh Mela” in Prayagraj, India on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, hoping to wash away sins during the month-long festival. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Hindu devotees cross a pontoon bridge at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and the Yamuna, on 'Mauni Amavasya' or new moon day, an auspicious bathing day during the annual month-long Hindu religious festival "Magh Mela" In Prayagraj, India, on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, hoping to wash away sins during the month-long festival. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Hindu devotees cross a pontoon bridge at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and the Yamuna, on ‘Mauni Amavasya’ or new moon day, an auspicious bathing day during the annual month-long Hindu religious festival “Magh Mela” In Prayagraj, India, on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, hoping to wash away sins during the month-long festival. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Thousands of Hindu devotees bathe at the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and the Yamuna, during the annual month-long Hindu religious fair "Magh Mela" in Prayagraj, India, on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Thousands of Hindu devotees bathe at the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and the Yamuna, during the annual month-long Hindu religious fair “Magh Mela” in Prayagraj, India, on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Priestess Laura D'Oya Yalorixa, center, takes part in an Umbanda religious ceremony at the Casa de Caridade Santa Barbara Iansa temple in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. The faithful of the Umbanda religion, brought to the Americas by West African slaves, perform spiritual protection rituals as part of pre-Carnival traditions. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Priestess Laura D’Oya Yalorixa, center, takes part in an Umbanda religious ceremony at the Casa de Caridade Santa Barbara Iansa temple in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. The faithful of the Umbanda religion, brought to the Americas by West African slaves, perform spiritual protection rituals as part of pre-Carnival traditions. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Parade float elements lie in a jumble in the Unidos de Bangu samba school workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, where activity has halted due to the cancellation of Carnival amid the coronavirus pandemic. The celebration is on hold until next year as Rio struggles with a rise in COVID-19 cases. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Parade float elements lie in a jumble in the Unidos de Bangu samba school workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, where activity has halted due to the cancellation of Carnival amid the coronavirus pandemic. The celebration is on hold until next year as Rio struggles with a rise in COVID-19 cases. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Just a few people in costumes come together at the "Alter Markt,” where normally tens of thousands of revelers dressed in carnival costumes would celebrate the start of the street carnival, in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. This year all carnival celebrations are banned due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Just a few people in costumes come together at the “Alter Markt,” where normally tens of thousands of revelers dressed in carnival costumes would celebrate the start of the street carnival, in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. This year all carnival celebrations are banned due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Buddhist monks lead a protest march against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, on Wed., Feb. 10, 2021. Protesters continued to gather Wednesday morning in Mandalay breaching Myanmar's new military rulers' decrees that effectively banned peaceful public protests in the country's two biggest cities. (AP Photo)

Buddhist monks lead a protest march against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, on Wed., Feb. 10, 2021. Protesters continued to gather Wednesday morning in Mandalay breaching Myanmar’s new military rulers’ decrees that effectively banned peaceful public protests in the country’s two biggest cities. (AP Photo)