The carnival of Huixtán is celebrated each Sunday in February in the Huixtán municipality in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state. The carnival combines Catholic and indigenous beliefs to kick off Lent and appeal for rain and plentiful harvests. Here, a group acts out scenes found in the Bonampak murals, an ancient Mayan archaeological site in the state. The murals document the civilization’s religious rituals, war practices and politics.
Dinesh Karki, 22, and his sister Kamala Karki, 27, sell flowers, incense sticks and other items in Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square in Kathmandu, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage monument zone. The square was damaged in a major earthquake in April 2015, so it’s now held up by wooden beams. The siblings have sold goods in the square since 2011, but now they worry it will collapse on them while they work. The square is among an estimated 2,900 locations with cultural or religious value that were damaged in the quake.
Zambian artist B Flow (right) and his dancer entertain a crowd in Lusaka, Zambia, during a Feb. 13 event related to International Condom Day. The event was one of many for the day, which promoted HIV and AIDS awareness.
The Fiesta Grande de Chiapa de Corzo, an annual festival that takes place in January in Chiapa de Corzo, a municipality in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, honors three saints with traditional dances, food, music and art. Cross-dressing is also common during the festival. A group of friends, seen here, takes a break during the festivities.
Yvonne Mwale, a singer from Zambia, was one of many famous performers at the third annual Amani Festival in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo this weekend. The festival promotes peace in Africa’s Great Lakes region.
A child stands at a memorial for Kenya Defense Forces soldiers killed in January during an attack by al-Shabaab militants in Somalia. The vigil, which was held at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, ended on January 24.
Kazidja Ali, 40, is an algae farmer in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous area of Tanzania. She grows the algae along the beach, then dries it for three months. Once dry, Ali sells the algae to street vendors, some of whom use it to make soap.
A crowd gathered in Kampala on Monday to hear Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Kizza Besigye speak before the Feb. 18 general election. Besigye was later briefly detained for a dispute regarding the route taken by Besigye and his supporters. On hearing the news, his supporters clashed with police. At least one person was reported killed in the clash and several people were wounded.
Kennedy Tembo, 30, carries plastic bags for sell in Lusaka City. Some African countries have banned the use of plastic bags, which environmental experts say are hazardous to the environment. But in Zambia plastics are common bags for carrying goods.
Brigitte Asifiwe, 10, carries her little sister Shukuru on her back on Idjwi an island located in Lake Kivu. Brigitte brings her baby sister to visit their mother at the Bugarula port where she sells fruit so that the baby can breastfeed.
Empty gas cylinders in front of shops are a common sight in Nepal, where an ongoing blockade along the border with India has made basic necessities scarce. The blockade, which started in September 2015, has pushed prices up: A cylinder of cooking gas on the black market sells for 8000 to 9000 Nepalese rupees ($77-86). The normal rate is 1500 rupees ($14).
Raymundo Dominguez, 33, sells balloons in on Jan. 5 Mexico City the day before Three Kings Day, which is considered the end of the Christmas season. The day commemorates the Christian belief that three wise men from distant lands traveled to worship and present gifts to infant Jesus. To celebrate, children tie letters with their gift wishes to the balloons, and send them up in the sky for the kings to read.
In Zimbabwe, mental illness is considered a curse. Those suffering from mental illnesses are shunned, abandoned and forgotten by family. In one "insane asylum," mental health patients rely on each other and the medical staff for emotional support. Still, the hospital struggles to provide residents with adequate food, toiletries and clothing. Despite all these challenges, patients here say their faith in God gives them hope.