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Photos of the Week: Purim in Israel, Magh Mela in India

This week’s photo gallery includes costumed Purim celebrations in Israel, large Magh Mela gatherings in India 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 costumed Purim celebrations in Israel, large Magh Mela gatherings in India and more

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children, several dressed in gravedigger costumes, celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim in Bnei Brak, Israel, Friday, Feb 26, 2021. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Haredi Jewish children, several dressed in gravedigger costumes, celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim in Bnei Brak, Israel, Friday, Feb 26, 2021. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Jewish Ultra-Orthodox men and children, some wearing costumes read the Book of Esther, which tells the story of the Jewish festival of Purim, at a synagogue in Bnei Brak, Israel, Friday, Feb 26, 2021. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Haredi Jewish men and children, some wearing costumes read the Book of Esther, which tells the story of the Jewish festival of Purim, at a synagogue in Bnei Brak, Israel, Friday, Feb 26, 2021. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Iraqi Christians place a cross on a church in Qaraqosh, Iraq, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Iraq's Christians are hoping that a historic visit by Pope Francis in March will help boost their community's struggle to survive. The country's Christian population has been dwindling ever since the turmoil that followed the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. And it was dealt a near death blow in 2014, when Islamic State group militants overran northern Iraq, site of Iraq's historical Christian heartland. (AP/Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraqi Christians place a cross on a church in Qaraqosh, Iraq, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Iraq’s Christians are hoping that a historic visit by Pope Francis in March will give them a boost in their community’s struggle to survive. The country’s Christian population has been dwindling since before the turmoil that followed the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. It was dealt a near death blow in 2014, when Islamic State group militants overran northern Iraq, site of Iraq’s historical Christian heartland. (AP/Photo/Hadi Mizban)

A Hindu priest performs rituals at the Sangam, confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati, on the eve of the Maghi Purnima, or the full-moon day during the annual traditional fair of "Magh Mela" in Prayagraj, India, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

A Hindu priest performs rituals at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati, on the eve of the Maghi Purnima, or the full-moon day during the annual traditional fair of “Magh Mela” in Prayagraj, India, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Hindu devotees crowd the banks of the Sangam, confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati, on the eve of the Maghi Purnima, or the full-moon day of the month of Magh during the annual traditional fair of "Magh Mela" In Prayagraj, India, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Hindu devotees crowd the banks of the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati, on the eve of the Maghi Purnima, or the full-moon day of the month of Magh, during the annual traditional fair of “Magh Mela,” in Prayagraj, India, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Buddhist nuns display signs, including images of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, during a street march in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Tensions escalated Thursday on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, as supporters of Myanmar's junta attacked people protesting the military government that took power in a coup, using slingshots, iron rods and knives to injure several of the demonstrators. (AP Photo)

Buddhist nuns display signs, including images of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, during a street march in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Tensions escalated Thursday on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, as supporters of Myanmar’s junta attacked people protesting the military government that took power in a coup, using slingshots, iron rods and knives to injure several of the demonstrators. (AP Photo)

Members of the Uyghur community living in Turkey, hold banners as they join a protest against China, in Istanbul, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. More than a million Uyghurs and other largely Muslim minorities have been swept into prisons and detention camps in China, in what China calls an anti-terrorism measure. Uyghurs, a Turkic group native to China's far west Xinjiang region, have sought refuge in Turkey for decades because of their shared cultural ties with the country. (AP Photo/Omer Kuscu)

Members of the Uyghur community living in Turkey hold banners as they join a protest against China, in Istanbul, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. More than a million Uyghurs and other largely Muslim minorities have been swept into prisons and detention camps in China, in what China calls an anti-terrorism measure. Uyghurs, a Turkic group native to China’s far west Xinjiang region, have sought refuge in Turkey for decades because of their shared cultural ties with the country. (AP Photo/Omer Kuscu)

Haroon, who saw his 32 year-old brother being shot and killed by his Hindu neighbors during the February 2020 communal riots, breaks down while speaking to Associated Press inside his home in North Ghonda, one of the worst riot affected neighborhoods, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. As the first anniversary of bloody communal riots that convulsed the Indian capital approaches, Muslim victims are still shaken and struggling to make sense of their struggle to seek justice. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Haroon, who saw his 32 year-old brother being shot and killed by his Hindu neighbors during the February 2020 communal riots, breaks down while speaking to Associated Press inside his home in North Ghonda, one of the worst riot affected neighborhoods, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. As the first anniversary of bloody communal riots that convulsed the Indian capital approaches, Muslim victims are still shaken and struggling to make sense of their struggle to seek justice. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Mother Teresa holds a child in 1971. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society

Mother Teresa holds a child in 1971. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society

A Mass is celebrated at the General Electric factory in Bridgeport, Conn., in Feb. 1956. A noon Mass was celebrated every Wednesday during Lent for employees at the plant. In this photo, an overflow crowd stands outside the auditorium while a Mass is said inside. Officials of G.E. said similar arrangements were in effect at three other of the company's plants--in Burlington, VT., and Lynn and West Lynn, Mass. RNS archive photo by Alan Reid. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society

A Mass is celebrated at the General Electric factory in Bridgeport, Conn., in Feb. 1956. A noon Mass was celebrated every Wednesday during Lent for employees at the plant. In this photo, an overflow crowd stands outside the auditorium while a Mass is said inside. Officials of G.E. said similar arrangements were in effect at three other of the company’s plants — in Burlington, Vermont, and Lynn and West Lynn, Massachusetts. RNS archive photo by Alan Reid. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society