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A Hindu woman holds incense sticks as she offers prayers inside the Alopi Devi temple. Hindu New Year is celebrated Friday, the first day of Navratri, or nine nights festival, which honors Hindu goddess of valor Durga.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated Press

An Indian man dressed as the evil king Rawan takes part in a procession celebrating the Maharashtrian New Year. Gudhi Padwa is the Hindu New Year for the people of India's state of Maharashtra and marks the end of a harvest and the beginning of a new one, which for an agricultural community signifies the beginning of a new year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP / Getty Images

Indian children dressed as various Hindu gods participate in the procession to celebrate Gudi Padwa, Maharashtrian's New Year in Mumbai. Gudi Padwa is the Hindu festival that falls on the first day of Chaitra month and marks the beginning of the lunar calendar, which dictates the dates for all Hindu festivals, also known as Panchang.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIVYAKANT SOLANKI / EPA

One-month-old Apolenka, the offspring of a Rothschild giraffe, stands next to her mother at the Prague Zoo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FILIP SINGER / EPA

Wood anemones in full bloom on the castle grounds. They are common flowers in the Spree Forest and cover large areas of meadows.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK†PLEUL / EPA

An employee looks at "Zephyr" by Andrew Witten at Bonhams auctioneers. The painting, estimated at $9,500 to $13,000, is part of the Urban Art Sale, which takes place at Bonhams on March 29.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

A devotee carries a child on his shoulder and participates in a chariot procession during Pachare festival. The festival is celebrated by the Newari community and mainly marked as a day of getting together with family.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Binod Joshi / Associated Press

Afghan men compete with horses during the traditional Afghan sport Buzkashi. The ancient game of Buzkashi is an Afghan national sport that is played between two teams of horsemen competing to throw a animal carcass into a scoring circle.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / Getty Images

Turkish riot policemen clash with Libyans in front of the consulate of Libya. Dozens of Libyans were arrested after they stormed the consulate, demanding financial aid to pay for treatment they received in Turkey for their injuries during the Libyan unrest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BULENT KILIC / AFP / Getty Images

Sufi dervishes from the Bektashi Order participate in a ceremony to mark Nowruz. The Kosovo Sufi community performs centuries-old mystical practices, such as self-piercing with needles and knives as a way to earn salvation and find the path to God.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Visar Kryeziu / Associated Press

Iraqi security forces patrol in the cemetery in the Shiite holy city of Najaf. The Iraqi government has tightened its security measures as Al Qaeda's front group in Iraq claimed Wednesday it was behind a wave of attacks to show how weak the nation's security is heading into next week's Arab League summit in Baghdad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alaa al-Marjani / Associated Press

A tourist walks through the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sean Kilpatrick / Associated Press

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Friday’s Pictures in the News begins in India, where a Hindu woman offers prayers inside the Alopi Devi temple in Allahabad. Hindu New Year is celebrated Friday, the first day of Navratri, or nine nights festival, which honors Hindu goddess of valor Durga. They are also celebrating the Maharashtrian New Year in India. Gudhi Padwa is the Hindu new year for the people of India’s state of Maharashtra and marks the end of a harvest and the beginning of a new one, which for an agricultural community signifies the beginning of a new year.

In Afghanistan,  men compete with horses during the traditional Afghan sport Buzkashi in Mazar-i Sharif. The ancient game of Buzkashi is an Afghan national sport which is played between two teams of horsemen competing to throw a animal carcass into a scoring circle.

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