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Christians commemorated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday, a holiday that marks the end of Holy Week and the end of Lent. Observances around the world bring a diversity of traditions as varied as the countries celebrating. Eastern Orthodox Christians will observe Easter on April 15. Gathered here are images of Christians during Holy Week and Easter, including reenactments of the Crucifixion, pilgrimages, baptisms, sunrise services, and more. -- Lane Turner (37 photos total)
A girl wears an angel costume during Blood of Christ celebrations at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua on March 30, 2012. (Esteban Felix/Associated Press)

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FESTIVE VEGETARIANS
FESTIVE VEGETARIANS: Firecrackers exploded during a procession to mark the annual Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand, Monday. Revelers slash themselves with swords, pierce their cheeks with sharp objects and commit other painful acts to purify themselves. (Christophe Archambault/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

FOOD STOP
FOOD STOP: Children ate on the side of a road in Hyderabad, India, Monday. (Noah Seelam/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

SCALING STONES
SCALING STONES: Engineers with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates examined stones on the exterior of the Washington Monument Monday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

DIRTY WORK
DIRTY WORK: Shaima Akram, 12, left, and her sister Shamila, 9, rested while working with their family in a brick factory on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

BAGGING SUPPLIES
BAGGING SUPPLIES: A volunteer bagged relief goods for flood victims near Calumpit, Philippines, Monday. Floodwaters slowly receded in many parts of the northern Philippines after two typhoons killed nearly 60 people. (Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BLARING MUSIC
BLARING MUSIC: Loudspeakers lined a wall during a competition at a fair in Allahabad, India, Monday. People regularly participate in competitions to see who can play the loudest music. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press)

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Around the world, the LGBT community celebrates in environments ranging from welcoming to tolerant to violently hostile. Many cities stage gay pride parades on or around June 28, the anniversary of New York's Stonewall Inn uprising in 1969 -- what many consider the beginning of the gay rights movement. New York enjoyed its parade this year on June 26, a celebration given added spirit with the legalization of gay marriage in New York state two days earlier. Some communities in the world still meet with resistance, with activists assaulted and arrested in Russian cities, and an Indian health minister describing homosexuality as a "disease" three days after the New Delhi pride parade on July 2. Collected here are photographs of people celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered pride around the world.

The Big Picture offers special thanks to Charles Meacham for making his photographs available. -- Lane Turner (43 photos total)


People take part in the gay pride parade on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on June 26, 2011. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)

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