Millions of devout Hindus are plunging into the cold waters of the Ganges River, India's holy river, in a ritual that the faithful believe washes away their sins. More than 11 million people were expected to take the ritual washing by then end of one day.
The new moon heralds the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting, prayer and charitable giving for Muslims worldwide.
Sick people continue to make pilgrimages to a faith healer who started his practice in Brazil in 1978.
The 35th annual Three Kings Parade was held in East Harlem, NY, on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.
Hundreds gathered in the Vatican to hear Pope Benedict usher in Christmas for the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics. He was wheeled up the central aisle of St Peter's Basilica on a mobile platform
Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity - revered by Christians the world over as the birthplace of Christ. Hundreds of Christians attend the traditional Christmas morning mass here, led by Jerusalem's
A group of atheists took over spaces in a Santa Monica park that are normally filled with nativity scenes put up by local churches.
Traditional nativity scenes are being crowded out by atheists at a Southern California park where non-religious groups won multiple display slots in a lottery.