It’s the Year of the Snake! Falling on February 10 this year, Chinese Lunar New Year is one of the most important of Chinese holidays. Also called the Spring Festival, the holiday is a time for families to get together with decorations, presents, feasts and firecrackers. Wishing good fortune, happiness, wealth, and longevity, the Chinese New Year is all about reconciling with loved ones, forgetting grudges, and sincerely wishing peace and happiness for everyone.
Newscom gets between 30-60,000 images a day from our partners around the world, and it’s easy to miss some truly amazing images if you aren’t specifically looking for them. So each week, we’ll go through our collections and present to you our favorites. Our job is to pick whatever catches our eye. Your job is to simply enjoy them. Check out the entire lightbox of this week’s best pictures back at Newscom, and read on to see other stories from this past week.
Legend says Buddha asked all the animals to come meet him on Chinese New Year. Only twelve had come, so Buddha decided to name a year after each one. If you were born in the Year of the Snake, you are said to be wise, charming, gregarious, generous and smart. (well done you!). Well-known people born in the Year of the Snake: Audrey Hepburn, Oprah Winfrey, and Brad Pitt.
In Uganda, more than five hundred soldiers were trained for seven months in urban combat skills by the European Union Training Mission (EUTM). They graduated last Friday and are now ready for deployment back in their home country. And in Venezuela, soldiers commemorate a coup d’etat with bright face paint.
In Kuala Lampur the Thaipusam Festival at Batu Caves honored the birthday of Lord Murugan while some devotees carried Kavadi (burdens) up 272 steps to the Temple Cave. (Did we mention carried by hooks in their backs? Talk about pain tolerance!)
Although it may oddly look like flesh piercing, this crimson anemone is home to this striking clown shrimp, also called a candy striped shrimp.
Drills are one of Africa’s most endangered mammals, and are currently listed as the highest conservation priority in Africa by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Sadly, populations all over the world are still being threatened today by another endangered animal, the tiger. India’s Save our Tigers initiative is striving to create more awareness, and spark a curiosity about these magnificent creatures. See even more standout tigers back at Newscom.
Amidst national talks and hearings about gun control in Washington D.C., violence continues on a daily basis. We’re digging the creativity of the young Ronnie Chambers Jr., but also heartbroken at the loss of his father to gun-related violence in Chicago, along with his aunt and two uncles.
Scooping up the Best Actress Award for her work in Shadow Dancer, British actress Andrea Riseborough lit up the Evening Standard Film Awards in London, while the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, took home Film of the Year.
Check out this picture-perfect moment on a beautiful Hawaiian beach! Get even more Hawaiian beach scenes from our latest incoming photos of the Aloha State back at Newscom.
And we’ll leave you this week with a moment from Superbowl XLVII, where the Balitmore Ravens earned the highly coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy, beating out the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. Congratulations to John Harbaugh and his Ravens team, and we’re super glad you didn’t lose that beauty in New Orleans Sunday night …
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