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One of the oldest forms of storytelling is that of re-enactment, donning the costumes of the story's subjects, miming their actions, performing a narrative before a live audience. Whether organized by history enthusiasts, government offices, religious groups, or just for fun, military battles and religious events are the most popular subjects for re-enactment. Collected here are recent performances from around the world, covering a few events from the past 2,000 years. [36 photos]

Actors wearing military uniforms of the Hungarian and Austrian Hapsburg dynasty reenact the first stage of the 1849 Battle of Isaszeg, Hungary, on April 6, 2013 during the Isaszeg Historical Days event. The battle was part of the Spring Campaign of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 between the Austrian Empire and the Hungarian Revolutionary Army. (Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images)     

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FISH FOR SALE
FISH FOR SALE: A vendor checked fish for sale at a market in Manila Wednesday. (Noel Celis/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BIG FIRE, LITTLE HOSE
BIG FIRE, LITTLE HOSE: A hotel receptionist tried to extinguish a fire set during a demonstration in Barcelona Wednesday. Students held nationwide protests against education spending cuts. Some demonstrators said police responded with truncheons and rubber bullets. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

ONBOARD
ONBOARD: Erwan Israel and Thomas Coville held their ground with the Groupama sailing team during the fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race Tuesday. The race started in Alicante, Spain, in October and concludes in Galway, Ireland, in early July. (Yann Riou/Groupama sailing team/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images)

SLICK
SLICK: Nine-year-old Sujon’s foot was covered with oil as he worked in a vehicle-parts store in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters)

FASHIONABLE IN BLACK
FASHIONABLE IN BLACK: A model wore a design from Marcel Marongiu’s ready-to-wear collection for French fashion house Guy Laroche during Paris Fashion Week Wednesday. (Benoit Tessier/Reuters)

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The lunar new year is celebrated throughout the world, but especially in Asia when the lunisolar calendar ticks off a new cycle. This year is the Year of the Dragon on the Chinese zodiac, and is viewed as very auspicious. In China, the holiday is known as 春节, the Spring Festival, and kicks off 15 days of celebration. It also triggers the largest human migration in the world, as hundreds of millions of Chinese trek to see families. Gathered here are images of the preparation for the holiday, the travel scene in mainland China, and celebrations in many parts of the world. 新年快乐! -- Lane Turner/雷恩 (38 photos total)
Chinese folk artists perform the lion dance at a temple fair to celebrate the Lunar New Year on January 22, 2012 in Beijing. Also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar calendar, it is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with the Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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UP IN THE AIR
UP IN THE AIR: Members of Hanyang technical high school mountaineering club, wearing Santa Claus costumes, reached the summit of Dobong mountain near Seoul Friday. (Jeon Heon-Kyun/European Pressphoto Agency)

UPSIDE DOWN
UPSIDE DOWN: Two youths practiced parkour, also known as free-running, as they performed a somersault from a wall in Netanya, Israel, Friday. (Amir Cohen/Reuters)

EVENT HORIZON
EVENT HORIZON: In a photograph by astronaut Dan Burbank on board the International Space Center, the Comet Lovejoy is visible near Earth’s horizon at nighttime Wednesday. (Associated Press)

SEPARATE DEMONSTRATIONS
SEPARATE DEMONSTRATIONS: A protester in Cairo’s Tahrir Square held up a picture of his dead son Friday during a mass rally to denounce the recent violence by the military. Thousands attended a rival rally in another part of the city in support of the ruling generals. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

HOLD ON
HOLD ON: Women competed in a tug of war challenge during the concluding ceremony of Khel Mahakumbh, a sports event organized by the Gujarat government in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad Friday. More than 200,000 people ages 4 to 75 participated, according to organizers. (Amit Dave/Reuters)

AFTER THE FLOOD
AFTER THE FLOOD: Soldiers searched for dead bodies among debris in Iligan City, Philippines, Friday. Flash floods killed more than 1,000 people in the region. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

FROZEN SPORT
FROZEN SPORT: People in Santa Claus costumes played soccer on a frozen lake in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China, Friday. (Reuters)

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Autumn is a season of frosty mornings, festivals like Halloween and Mexico's Dia de los Muertos, and of course, spectacular foliage. Around the north, people have begun to see their breath form misty clouds in the chilly morning air, snows have fallen early, and preparation for winter is well under way. Collected here is a second group of images of this year's autumn from around the northern hemisphere -- the earlier entry can be seen here. [37 photos]

The last of the summer roses are dusted with a coating of frost as the first freezing temperatures descend on Britain, on November 7, 2011 in Knutsford, England. The roses are the last blooms to survive the Summer at Curbishleys specialist rose nursery in Cheshire. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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