Monday Oct. 6: Our World In Pictures
SPAIN — Human Tower Competition Continues for 25th Year: Members of the Castellers Joves Xiquets de Valls try to complete their human tower during the 25th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on Sunday. The tradition of building human towers or “castells” dates back to the 18th century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where “colles” or teams compete to build the tallest and most complicated towers. The structure of the “castells” varies depending on their complexity. A “castell” is considered completely successful when it is loaded and unloaded without falling apart. The highest “castell” in history was a 10 floor structure with three people in each floor. In 2010 “castells” were declared by UNESCO one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
CALIFORNIA — Castle-Makers Compete for 53rd Annual Sandcastle Contest: Andy Nguyen joins in on the castle-making during the 53rd annual Sandcastle Contest in Corona Del Mar, Calif., on Sunday.
HONG KONG — Pro-Democracy Protester Sleeps on Roadside: A pro-democracy protester sleeps on a roadside in the occupied areas surrounding the government complex in Hong Kong, on Monday. Hong Kong’s civil servants returned to work and schools were reopening Monday as a massive pro-democracy protest that has occupied much of the city center for the week dwindled.
MICHIGAN — “Bubble Man” Assists Kids in Superhero Adventure: In this Saturday photo, “Bubble Man,” Paul Najor of Keego Harbor, left, helps Zack Eagen fend off a villain during Zack Eagen’s Superhero Adventure at Cascade Falls Park in Jackson, Mich. With Zack is his mother, Jessicah Zink, and cousin Kaylnn Zink, 8. The adventure for Eagen let him turn villains into superheroes in Jackson, Mich. The adventure for Eagen let him turn villains into superheroes.
BROOKLYN — Brooklynites Walk for American Heart Association: People walk for The American Heart Association Brooklyn Heart Walk sponsored Affinity Health Plan on Sunday in Brooklyn, N.Y.
FLORIDA — Masqueraders Dress Up, Present Craftsmanship: Miya Marcao, dressed as a peacock, waits to break out of cellophane at The Miami Broward Junior Carnival parade, on Sunday in Lauderhill, Fla. Young masqueraders were judged on their creativity, presentation, originality and craftsmanship of their vibrant and colorful masquerade costumes.
KENYA — Kenyan President to Temporarily Step Down: In this 2008 file photo, a Kenyan man sits in the cab of a destroyed truck used as a makeshift roadblock while a tire burns on the roof, as he and others enforce the roadblock, during post-election violence in Kisumu, Kenya. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday told the nation in an address before parliament that he would temporarily step down as president while attending a hearing at the International Criminal Court this week at which he faces crimes against humanity charges connected with the massive violence that followed the country’s 2007 election.
EGYPT — Egyptians Celebrate After Morning Prayers: Egyptians celebrate after the early morning prayers marking Eid al-Adha, a three-day Muslim holiday that started Saturday across much of the Middle East, in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday. It commemorates the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim — or Abraham as he is known in the Bible — to sacrifice his son in accordance with God’s will, though in the end God provides him a sheep to sacrifice instead. Parents often buy new clothes for their children for the holiday.
CALIFORNIA — California Weather Ranges in Low 100s: Karen Eisenhauer, of Claremont, Calif., cools off during the second day of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on Saturday. As high temperatures were ranging from the low 100s in Southern California to the 90s in the normally more temperate San Francisco Bay Area on Friday, National Weather Service forecasters warned it was just a warm-up for what lies ahead this coming weekend.
DETROIT — Young Artist Chalks Up Newly-Opened RiverWalk: In an Oct. 4 photo, Marcus Fracassa, 6, chalks up the newly-opened western segment of the RiverWalk in Detroit. The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy hosted a block party celebrating the opening of the 20-acre parcel on Saturday.
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