At Yokohama Arena, women in ornate kimonos, fluffy white stoles and masks sat in socially distanced seating for the ceremony, with the men dressed mainly in suits.
A traditional "sunning of the Buddha" ceremony marked the start of the festival Wednesday in the capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, with a huge Thangka painting bearing the image of the Buddha being displayed on hillsides near the Drepung Monastery.
Residents of Milowka disguise themselves as devils, bears and death as they parade through the village.
Amsterdam's famous Dam Square was adorned with tulip blooms on Saturday in celebration of National Tulip Day.
Orthodox Christian worshippers braved cold weather and plunged into cold wateron Monday to retrieve a wooden cross during the traditional blessing of the Orthodox Epiphany Day.
There were fireworks in Pyongyang and bell-ringing in Seoul.
Of course, there are times when the wait staff at Oktoberfest have to deal with difficult customers. "I think if you just have good banter, or a 'mouth like a sword' as they say in Bavaria, you can actually get by quite well with that."
Organisers of the annual Tomatina festival tossed 145 tonnes of over-ripe tomatoes into the crowd, quickly converting the town into a red sea.
Dozens of plucky locals took part in a bizarre traditional competition in the port of Roquetas de Mar in southern Spain on Friday afternoon which saw them attempt to run the length of a greasy pole to grab flags before splashing into the sea below
Ornately-decorated floats paraded through Japan's ancient capital Kyoto on Wednesday at the climax of the annual Gion Festival.
The event is held to celebrate Saint Peter and the region's plentiful wine output.
The Ploughing Ceremony produced a prediction that there will be enough water for farming while rice, food, and fruits will be abundant this year.
A day after thousands of Thais celebrated the coronation of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, another group appeared to pay respect to the new king.