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What is Thanksgiving? A look at the US holiday and why Americans celebrate it

Held on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is a celebration stemming from the Harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims at Plymouth According to legend, the holiday is intrinsically linke

Held on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is a celebration stemming from the Harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims at Plymouth According to legend, the holiday is intrinsically linke

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Donald Trump urges US to heal divisions in Thanksgiving video

The US President-elect has recorded a conciliatory message for the holiday, while acknowledging that the election campaign had been damaging.

The US President-elect has recorded a conciliatory message for the holiday, while acknowledging that the election campaign had been damaging.

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Trump effigy feels the heat during Guy Fawkes Night

He turned ‘You’re fired’ into his reality show catch-phrase, but it was Donald Trump who went up in flames – or at least an effigy of him did – as part of the UK’s annual Bonfire Night…

He turned ‘You’re fired’ into his reality show catch-phrase, but it was Donald Trump who went up in flames – or at least an effigy of him did – as part of the UK’s annual Bonfire Night…

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Copenhagen reminds visitors of Halloween's European roots

Halloween has become America’s second most important holiday commercially – but the origins of the annual appearance of pumpkins and other ghostly paraphernalia are found in…

Halloween has become America’s second most important holiday commercially – but the origins of the annual appearance of pumpkins and other ghostly paraphernalia are found in…

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Annual Catrinas parade in Mexico City

Hundreds of women dressed as “Catrina” – Mexico’s elegant skeleton lady – participated at an annual parade in Mexico City.

Hundreds of women dressed as “Catrina” – Mexico’s elegant skeleton lady – participated at an annual parade in Mexico City.

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Iraq: Karbala celebrates Ashura

Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims converged on the Iraqi city of Karbala to celebrate Ashura.

Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims converged on the Iraqi city of Karbala to celebrate Ashura.

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Spain: National Day celebrations - and push-ups too!

The Royal family turned out on Wednesday – and so did the rain – as Spaniards celebrated their National Day with a traditional military parade through Madrid.

The Royal family turned out on Wednesday – and so did the rain – as Spaniards celebrated their National Day with a traditional military parade through Madrid.

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Millions of Muslims commemorate holy day of Ashura

Millions of Shia Muslims observe the holy day of Ashura amid security concerns and heightened fears of attacks.

Millions of Shia Muslims observe the holy day of Ashura amid security concerns and heightened fears of attacks.

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Festival of Dussehra in India

Big crowds gathered in New Delhi to celebrate Dussehra, the festival commemorating the defeat of the mythological demon king, Ravana, at the hands of the Hindu god…

Big crowds gathered in New Delhi to celebrate Dussehra, the festival commemorating the defeat of the mythological demon king, Ravana, at the hands of the Hindu god…

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National Gallop held in Budapest's Heroes' Square

Budapest has celebrated its annual National Gallop in the city’s Heroes’ Square which was taken over by horses and jockeys.

Budapest has celebrated its annual National Gallop in the city’s Heroes’ Square which was taken over by horses and jockeys.

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Saudi Arabia: Hajj pilgrims head to Mount Arafat

After spending the night in the massive valley of Mina, Hajj pilgrims headed to Mount Arafat on Sunday (11 September), some 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Mecca, for the pinnacle of the…

After spending the night in the massive valley of Mina, Hajj pilgrims headed to Mount Arafat on Sunday (11 September), some 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Mecca, for the pinnacle of the…

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Cuba celebrates patron saint

Hundreds of Catholic faithful walked through Havana’s historic central district to celebrate the feast of the Virgin of Charity, Cuba’s patron saint.

Hundreds of Catholic faithful walked through Havana’s historic central district to celebrate the feast of the Virgin of Charity, Cuba’s patron saint.

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Ganesh Chaturthi 2016

Devotees across India began celebrating the 11-day Ganesh festival on Monday to mark the birth of the popular Hindu god.

Devotees across India began celebrating the 11-day Ganesh festival on Monday to mark the birth of the popular Hindu god.

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Spectacular fireworks in Budapest

Fireworks light up the night in Budapest as the highlight of Hungary’s August 20th celebrations that honors the country’s first king, St. Stephen

Fireworks light up the night in Budapest as the highlight of Hungary’s August 20th celebrations that honors the country’s first king, St. Stephen

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Japan-inspired "Flower Carpet"

Six hundred thousand giant begonia flowers were laid out on the historical Grand Place in the centre of Brussels.

Six hundred thousand giant begonia flowers were laid out on the historical Grand Place in the centre of Brussels.

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Olympic torch arrives in Rio de Janeiro

The Olympic torch has arrived in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Games having been carried through more than 300 cities by over 12,000 individuals, including athletes and celebrities.

The Olympic torch has arrived in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Games having been carried through more than 300 cities by over 12,000 individuals, including athletes and celebrities.

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Homage to Hemingway

Over one-hundred people participated in the annual Ernest “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest in Key West, Florida on Saturday (July 23).

Over one-hundred people participated in the annual Ernest “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest in Key West, Florida on Saturday (July 23).

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360° video: last hours of Pamplona's San Fermin festival

Thousands of runners travel from all over the world to Pamplona, Spain, for the San Fermín festival, held annually from July 6 to July 14.

Thousands of runners travel from all over the world to Pamplona, Spain, for the San Fermín festival, held annually from July 6 to July 14.

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Magnificent Matsuri

One of Japan’s biggest and oldest events, the month-long Gion Matsuri summer festival is in full swing in Kyoto.

One of Japan’s biggest and oldest events, the month-long Gion Matsuri summer festival is in full swing in Kyoto.

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Troops from Australia and New Zealand special guests at French Bastille Day

As every year, Bastille Day in France means the Tricolour flag is out in force: at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and in towns and villages around the country as well as francophile places around the…

As every year, Bastille Day in France means the Tricolour flag is out in force: at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and in towns and villages around the country as well as francophile places around the…

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Why Eid is different this year for the people of Falluja

The traditional image of the celebrations marking the end of Ramadan is far from the current reality experienced by the people of the Iraqi city.

The traditional image of the celebrations marking the end of Ramadan is far from the current reality experienced by the people of the Iraqi city.

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Ancient sporting values are revived in Nemean Games in Greece

Far from the European football Championships and the forthcoming Rio Olympics athletes from around the world have been taking part in a very different sporting tournament in southern…

Far from the European football Championships and the forthcoming Rio Olympics athletes from around the world have been taking part in a very different sporting tournament in southern…