(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo selection includes summer and winter solstice celebrations, Manila’s new Archbishop and more.
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People walk around a bonfire celebrating the summer solstice in Okunevo village, northeast of the Siberian city of Omsk, Russia, Monday, June 21, 2021. The festivities of Ivan Kupala, or John the Baptist, are similar to Mardi Gras and reflect pre-Christian Slavic traditions and practices. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Sofiychuk)
A girl wearing a crown made of flowers takes part in an event inspired by pre-Christian traditions at the Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 24, 2021. According to pre-Christian traditions, fairies, called ‘Sanziene’ in Romanian, come to earth around the summer solstice bringing fertility to land and beings for the coming summer. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Aymara Indigenous religious leaders finish a new year’s ritual in the ancient city of Tiwanaku, Bolivia, early Monday, June 21, 2021. The Aymara are celebrating the Andean New Year of 5,529, as well as the Southern Hemisphere’s winter solstice, which marks the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Revelers dance during the “Inti Raymi,” or Sun Festival celebrations, despite restrictions to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, Thursday, June 24, 2021. Across the Andes, from the tip of Argentina as far north as Colombia, indigenous communities gather in June for the southern hemisphere’s winter solstice to pay homage to Inti, the ancient Incan sun god, in hopes of being granted a plentiful harvest. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Women wearing flower crowns and traditional Lithuanian outfits sing songs during a celebration of Saint John’s Day and summer solstice at the small town of Kernave, northwest of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, June 23, 2021. St. John’s Day or Midsummer Day, the shortest night of the year, is filled with magic – the festivities include making oak leaf wreaths and leaping over flames, and young people are encouraged to go out and look for fern flowers. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
Police officers escort a suspect, center, to the prosecutor’s office at a court in Athens, Greece, on Thursday, June 24, 2021. The defrocked Greek Orthodox priest has been charged with multiple counts of causing grievous bodily harm over an acid attack that injured seven senior bishops and three other people. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Shiite Muslim pilgrims visit the holy shrine of Imam Abbas of Karbala, Iraq, Friday, June 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
Manila’s new Archbishop Cardinal Jose Fuerte Advincula, seated center, officiates a Mass during his installation ceremonies on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at Manila’s Cathedral in the Philippines. Pope Francis appointed the cardinal last March to lead the Philippines’ largest Catholic archdiocese, with more than 3 million Catholics in more than 80 parishes. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, Pool)
Married Hindu women perform rituals around a Banyan tree on Vat Savitri festival in Ahmedabad, India, Thursday, June 24, 2021. On Vat Savitri, celebrated on day when the moon is full, women pray for the longevity of their husbands. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Ethiopian Orthodox Christians hold candles to celebrate the festival of Senay Mikael, or the Feast of St. Michael, as they listen to a sermon at St. Michael Church in the Intoto neighborhood on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Saturday, June 19, 2021. As well as celebrating the festival, priests prayed for peace in the country and in upcoming elections. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A statue of the late Dr. Horace Grant Underwood, the first Protestant missionary to Korea and founder of Chosen Christian College, is unveiled on the college grounds in Seoul, South Korea, circa October 1955. Speaking from the rostrum in front of the statue is Dr. Syngman Rhee, the first president of South Korea. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.