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Our world in photos: June 24

Bo Lanthrop, right, embraces a member of the Fordyce Police Department during a candlelight vigil in the parking lot of the Mad Butcher grocery store in honor of the victims of Friday's mass shooting, in Fordyce, Ark., Sunday, June 23, 2024. (Colin Murphey/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
Photo: Colin Murphey/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP

ARKANSAS — Just one of 14 mass shootings that occurred over the weekend across the country: Bo Lanthrop, right, embraces a member of the Fordyce Police Department during a candlelight vigil in the parking lot of the Mad Butcher grocery store in honor of the victims of Friday’s mass shooting, in Fordyce, Ark., on Sunday, June 23, 2024. Among the four people slain, as of an Associated Press report on Monday, June 24, was Callie Weems, who had found great joy in being the mother of a 10-month-old baby girl. A nurse by profession, Ms. Weems was rendering aid to another gunshot victim, which Arkansas State Police Director Mike Hagar called “one of the most selfless acts I’ve ever seen,” during a press conference on Sunday. 

The gunman, Travis Eugene Posey of New Edinburg, Arkansas, was taken into custody and will be charged with four counts of capital murder.

People wearing traditional Lithuanian village-style clothes dance as they celebrate Saint John's Day and the summer solstice in the small town of Kernave, some 35km (22 miles) northwest of the capital, Vilnius, Lithuania, on Sunday, June 23, 2024. St. John's Day, or Midsummer Day, the shortest night of the year, is celebrated with festivities that include making oak leaf wreaths, leaping over flames, and encouraging young people to go out and look for fern flowers. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
Photo: Mindaugas Kulbis/AP

LITHUANIA — This hat will make a great salad later: People wearing traditional Lithuanian village-style clothes dance as they celebrate Saint John’s Day and the summer solstice in the small town of Kernave, some 35km (22 miles) northwest of the capital, Vilnius, Lithuania, on Sunday, June 23, 2024. St. John’s Day, or Midsummer Day (sometimes called Midsummer Night), the shortest night of the year, is celebrated with festivities that include making oak leaf wreaths, leaping over flames and encouraging young people to go out and look for fern flowers. St. John’s Day is actually observed around the world on June 24, with a vigil the previous night — occurring three days after the summer solstice. 

The feast honors St. John the Baptist, who, according to the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. Revered as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, John the Baptist is also mentioned indirectly in the Gospel of John. 

A boy jumps over the fire during the night of San Juan in the Pyrenean village of Arisku, northern Spain, Sunday, June 23, 2024. The night of San Juan, which welcomes the summer season, is an ancient tradition celebrated every year in various towns in Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP

SPAIN — A traditional sacrifice to St. John of family jewels: A boy jumps over the fire during the night of San Juan in the Pyrenean village of Arisku, northern Spain, Sunday, June 23, 2024. The night of San Juan, which welcomes the summer season, is an ancient tradition celebrated every year in various towns in Spain.

The bonfires associated with St. John’s Day are a custom around the world, from Spain to Scandinavia and the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to the United Kingdom and Canada.

The significance of the bonfire on this feast day is to ward off witches, although the original tradition alluded to St. John the Baptist as a herald to Christ. The connection to witches deals with their observance of the summer solstice in nature.

A stork starts from its nest while the family looks on in the outskirts of Wehrheim near Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Photo: Michael Probst/AP

GERMANY — No human babies here: A stork starts from its nest while the family looks on in the outskirts of Wehrheim near Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, June 24, 2024. Storks — wood storks in particular — typically nest in trees or other high spots that overlook water. The legend of storks bringing babies came from German folklore and spread around the world. The story was that storks found babies in marshes or caves, picked up the children by their beaks, wrapped them in white clothes and delivered them to households. The storks pictured here undoubtedly have their own young to deal with.

Hans Christian Andersen popularized the legend in his 19th-century book, “The Storks.”

A Catholic boy walks towards the church of Saint John the Baptist during the mud festival at Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija province, northern Philippines, Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Photo: Aaron Favila/AP

PHILIPPINES — This will go good with the hat salad: A Catholic boy walks towards the church of Saint John the Baptist during the mud festival at Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija province, northern Philippines, Monday, June 24, 2024. In the Pacific island nation, the people celebrate St. John’s Day by wrapping themselves in banana leaves and mud. Some believe the reference to mud was from the Jordan River, where the Bible chronicles St. John the Baptist baptizing Christ.

However, a more recent chronicle is that a rainstorm canceled a planned execution of Filipino guerilla fighters at the hands of the Japanese. The rain was believed to be a sign of the Japanese gods’ disapproval of their actions. Thus, the Filipino men’s lives were saved.

Switzerland's Granit Xhaka holds his face after missing a chance to score during a Group A match between Switzerland and Germany at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Photo: Darko Vojinovic/AP

GERMANY — Bearing witness to immediate regret: Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka holds his face after missing a chance to score during a Group A match between Switzerland and Germany at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, June 23, 2024. Although the game ended in a 1-1 draw, Germany considered it a win because its team came so close to its first major loss to the Swiss team, which has been performing strongly. 

Other nations’ teams are competing this week. Switzerland and Germany are each on rest days and are next scheduled to play different opponents on Saturday, June 29.

Ukrainian young women dressed in traditional clothing dance in circle at a traditional Midsummer Night celebration near capital Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, June 23, 2024. The age-old pagan festival is still celebrated in Ukraine amid the third year of Russia-Ukraine war. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Photo: Efrem Lukatsky/AP

UKRAINE — A24’s going to love this: Ukrainian young women dressed in traditional clothing dance in a circle at a traditional Midsummer Night celebration near Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, June 23, 2024. The age-old pagan festival is still celebrated in Ukraine amid the third year of the Russia-Ukraine war. Some parts of northern Europe also celebrate St. John’s Day on June 23-24, with bonfires they believe ward off witches and other evil spirits.

Many pagan religions, however, are based on nature and a seasonal cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, and some traditions date to the nation’s pre-Christian era. 

An antique Volkswagen Beetle, known in Mexico as a "vocho," parades through the streets a day after World Vocho Day, in Mexico City, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
Photo: Marco Ugarte/AP

MEXICO — The car’s problematic origin seems to have no bearing on its continued legacy: An antique Volkswagen Beetle, known in Mexico as a “vocho,” parades through the streets a day after World Vocho Day, in Mexico City, Sunday, June 23, 2024. Mexico City has sought to keep the “vocho” alive. The German-based Volkswagen (the word “Volk” translates as “folk or “people”) was conceived in 1933 as “the people’s car” by none other than Adolf Hitler. Named for an invasive bug, the Beetle became popular in the United States during the 1960s, that era’s version of a compact car. However, updating it to meet new automotive standards became cost-prohibitive, and Volkswagen stopped production in 2003. 

However, for Mexico, the Beetle’s quirky design became a status symbol and was used for taxicabs for decades.

Zariah Fields eats a popsicle, Thursday, June 20, 2024, at YMCA Camp Kern in Oregonia, Ohio. As the first heat wave of the season ripples across the U.S., summer camps are working to keep their children cool while still letting the kids enjoy being outside with nature. (AP Photo/Joshua A. Bickel)
Photo: Joshua A. Bickel/AP

OHIO — Sweet wave — despite the changing climate, some childhood staples remain the same: Zariah Fields eats a popsicle, Thursday, June 20, 2024, at YMCA Camp Kern in Oregonia, Ohio. As the first heat wave of the season ripples across the U.S., summer camps are working to keep their children cool while still letting the kids enjoy being outside with nature. 

Camp Kern’s executive director, Todd Brinkman, said they have increased the water activities for the children and expanded pool hours. Although, this meant hiring more lifeguards and swimming instructors at a time of a national shortage in these occupations. Insurance has also become more expensive.

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