Locals flocked to an ancient pagoda in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi on Thursday to pray for better luck in love on the celebration of Valentine's Day.
Chinese residents in the United Arab Emirates gathered to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Chinese communities around the world are welcoming the Year of the Pig.
Family members exchanged gifts and dressed in traditional attire.
Tibetans of southwest China's Sichuan Province held a ceremony and a horse parade on Tuesday to celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year.
Visitors are flocking to the city of Sapporo on Japan`s northern island of Hokkaido to see snow and ice sculptures as the annual snow festival kicks off.
Every winter, folklore groups from across Bulgaria take part in the two-day Surva festival in the city of Pernik.
Ash-smeared and Naga Sadhus or Hindu holy men, wearing just rosary beads and garlands, smoking wooden chillums (cigars), were a huge draw at this week's Kumbh Mela in India, the world's largest religious festival.
Over a hundred horses jumped through bonfires in a "purification ceremony" on Wednesday during the Spanish festival of "Las Luminarias" in a village northwest of Madrid.
Nearly one hundred people gathered at a Tokyo shrine to wash themselves in an icy bath on Sunday (January 13) to purify their souls and wish for good health in the new year.
While many are celebrating New Year's Eve with countdowns and fireworks, in Thailand worshippers at a temple in suburban Bangkok lay inside coffins and took part in traditional funeral rituals.
A giant rice cake has been placed at a shrine north of Tokyo to pray for a good harvest and the safety of the region in the coming year
A dog handed over its responsibilities to a wild boar at a ceremony marking the change of year under the Oriental zodiac
The unique activity of splashing water into ice amid extreme low temperatures was staged in different areas in northeast China`s Heilongjiang Province on Saturday to celebrate Winter Solstice
Thousands of Cubans walked and crawled up the hill to the Shrine of Saint Lazarus on Sunday, seeking relief from health problems and hoping for economic prosperity and general well-being.
Window cleaners dressed as the current and the next Chinese zodiac animals washed hotel windows in Tokyo on Thursday (December 13) in anticipation of the coming year.
Shinto priests have done year-end cleaning of a shrine bridge at a UNESCO World Heritage site in the city of Nikko, north of Tokyo.
A giant Christmas cake was unveiled in Dresden on Saturday as part of the German city's 25th annual 'Stollenfest'.