Saturday, April 4, 2015

Observing the holy days in Today in Pictures: Hindu, Jewish, Christian

THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS
By Mark Almond
A young Indian boy dressed as Hindu God Shiva waits for alms from devotees on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti festival in Ajmer, India, Friday, April 3, 2015. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated as the birthday of the Hindu monkey-god Hanuman all over India. (AP Photo/ Deepak Sharma)
A Christian devotee prays during a service on the occasion of Good Friday at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi, India. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish family burn leavened items in final preparation for the Passover holiday in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish town of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel, on Friday. A young Indian boy dressed as Hindu God Shiva waits for alms from devotees on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti festival in Ajmer, India, on Friday. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated as the birthday of the Hindu monkey-god Hanuman all over India. Today in Pictures is a daily collection of handpicked photos selected by AL.com photographers from the hundreds of Associated Press images of the day. [link]

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish family burn leavened items in final preparation for the Passover holiday in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish town of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, April 3, 2015. Jews are forbidden to eat leavened foodstuffs during the Passover holiday that celebrates the biblical story of the Israelites' escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
A hooded Filipino penitent flagellates during Good Friday rituals to atone for sins on April 3, 2015 in Pampanga province, northern Philippines. The bizarre ritual is frowned upon by church leaders in this predominantly Roman Catholic country. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)