Francisco Javier de Velasco dances the “Napopok Etzé,” meaning “the dance of the macaw’s feather,” to mark Festival Maya Zoque Chiapaneca in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. The festival brings together indigenous artistic, cultural and folkloric groups to represent dances from different Maya and Zoque regions in Chiapas.
Jhonatan Almao, right, who is learning the skills to be a florist from Marcia Veliz, left, holds a bouquet in Caballito, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Almao, who immigrated from Venezuela in 2020, says all flowers have different meanings and are used for special occasions, to ingratiate, or to ask for forgiveness.
Revelers carry a statue of Lord Murugan during Skanda Sashti, a Hindu festival, outside a temple in Kodikamam, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. On the sixth day of the festival, devotees celebrate the deity’s victory over evil.
From left, Rasalingam Mohanraj, Rasarathinam Vinotharan and Sagadevan Saruksan dig a well with a machine in Cheddikulam, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. Since the groundwater level is low, workers dig borewells at a depth of 100 feet as an alternative to ordinary wells for agricultural needs.
Balgantseren Dashzegve, left, and Khosbayar Oyunbileg sing at an environmental conservation event in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. World Wildlife Fund Mongolia launched the Great Gobi 6 initiative in 2016 to protect Gobi animals and their habitat.
Casiodoro de la Teja, left, and Daltoneo del Castello perform medieval music in orc costumes during Orco Fest, a medieval fantasy festival in Mexico City. The organizer, Mundo Medieval (Medieval World), hosts events every year to celebrate medieval culture in Mexico.
Kanthasamy Kugasanth paints cement sculptures in Pandatharippu, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Kugasanth, who has worked as a painter for over two years, says his employment has been affected by lockdowns to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Gisela Vuela, a member of the troupe Cabeza en Espiral (Head in a Spiral), performs as a clown to celebrate the 10th anniversary of La Surreal Mezcaleria Ancestral, a restaurant in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico.
Natsiraishe Maritsa, 18, right, demonstrates a taekwondo stance to a group of students in Epworth, Zimbabwe. Maritsa, who teaches the Korean martial art to teenage girls at her home on the weekends, says taekwondo requires mental strength and self-control.
Salvador Legarda arranges mano de león flowers into bouquets in Chihuahua, Mexico. Legarda says a freeze killed all his flowers in 2020, so he’s overjoyed to see his large plot of land painted orange with flowers ready to sell.
Odonchimeg Dashbal burns dried manure to fumigate her ger and courtyard in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. Historically, many Mongols believed dried cow and horse manure had disinfectant properties. When coronavirus infections spiked, Umnugovi residents advocated for the practice on Facebook.
Isabel Beteta performs “Today,” an original choreography that represents various moods, during the National Dance Conference in Mexico City. Her audiences didn’t know what she was doing at first, Beteta says, but they were receptive.
Yoganathan Viththakan makes handicrafts with coconut shells in Neerveli, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Vithagan says he promotes his business through Facebook and exports his handicrafts to Canada and Switzerland.
Yanely Alma Chaparro paints a mural at a park in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. The mural is part of a project called Encontrarte, which gives a voice to local families of the disappeared and tells their stories through art.
Altanchimeg Dorjnyam softens and tans a sheepskin with a wooden stick called a “khedreg” in Bayandalai, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. As winter sets in, Altanchimeg will use the prepared skin as part of a “deel,” a traditional Mongolian garment, that she will sew for her son.
Manokaran Chandrakala weaves a blanket at a handloom training center in Cheddikulam, Vavuniya district, Sri Lanka. The center, run by the Department of Industries, trains young women to make such goods as garments, towels and blankets in an effort to provide employment opportunities and to boost production in rural areas.
Ana Luisa Rubio Cardoso, center, teaches ballet to Arleth Villamil Callejas, left, and Marianabel García at her studio in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. With no limits on age or experience, Rubio Cardoso welcomes anyone as her student. She says anyone can learn to dance and she uses techniques appropriate to the abilities of each person.
Demian, a street artist who withheld his last name for fear of legal repercussions, juggles with fire in front of cars stopped at a traffic light in Caballito, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Demian, who lives on the street, says he believes art should be out in public and accessible to all.