Monday’s Pictures in the News begins with looks at pre-Lent carnival activities in Brazil and in Germany.
In Rio de Janeiro, a night parade at the Sambadrome is livened by floats featuring samba dancers.
Carnival season in Germany includes street spectacles that are part of what is known as Rose Monday. A float in Duesseldorf depicts an embrace between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Celebration is also in progress in India, where Mahashivratri, honoring Lord Shiva, is held.
Elsewhere, a matchmaking event in Shanghai draws the curious, and in New Delhi, Tibetan exiles shout slogans against the Chinese government and burn a flag in protest.
Also in this report, we stop in Serbia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.