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Struggle against evil sparks China ritual

Hinghwafu - Villagers in eastern China have a unique way of washing away the taint of evil spirits -- by bathing in a shower of scorching sparks.

Enter the dragon: rural Chinese honour mythical beast

Dragons several hundred metres long snake their way down pastoral roads and through country hamlets, part of centuries-old Chinese folk celebrations for a mythical creature revered as a blessing.

Enter the dragon: rural Chinese honour mythical beast

Dragons several hundred metres long snake their way down pastoral roads and through country hamlets, part of centuries-old Chinese folk celebrations for a mythical creature revered as a blessing.

Enter the dragon: rural Chinese honour mythical beast

Dragons several hundred metres long snake their way down pastoral roads and through country hamlets, part of centuries-old Chinese folk celebrations for a mythical creature revered as a blessing.

Brenda Lee has been rocking her holiday classic for 58 years

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brenda Lee has been "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" for 58 years. It is still a perennial holiday classic.

'A Pentatonix Christmas' is fifth best-selling album of 2016

"A Pentatonix Christmas" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 all-genre charts, and it was the fifth best-selling album of 2016.

Obama pays last presidential holiday visit to Hawaii marine base

Kaneohe - US President Barack Obama on Sunday visited American troops at a Hawaii military base, the last time he will participate in his holiday tradition as commander-in-chief.

Website charts Santa's journey around the globe

Washington - An online Santa tracker run by a Canadian and American defense agency mapped the jolly old gift-giver's path around the globe Saturday, in what has become a Yuletide tradition.

Review: Darlene Love wows on signature holiday classic on 'The View'

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love performs her Christmas classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on "The View."

Broadway Cares/Equity fights AIDS, releases 2016 holiday album

Broadway Cares/Equity is fighting AIDS by releasing a vivacious holiday album, as part of the "Broadway's Carols for a Cure."

Life imitates cinema in Mexico City's Day of the Dead parade

Mexico - Thousands thronged downtown Mexico City on Saturday for a "traditional" indigenous procession held for the first time this year, inspired by a hit Hollywood movie.

US creepy clown craze puts damper on Halloween

Miami - Maybe it's better to leave the clown costume in the closet this Halloween.

Sarah McLachlan to release 'Wonderland,' a new holiday album

Grammy-winning songstress Sarah McLachlan will be releasing her new studio album, "Wonderland," on October 21, via her label, Verve Records.

Nazi beach resort ruin transforms into luxury playground

Prora - One of the biggest relics left behind by the Nazis is undergoing a radical transformation on a German island, harnessing a property boom to become a luxury tourist destination.

Obama celebrates U.S. military, daughter's 18th birthday on July 4

Washington - US President Barack Obama celebrated the country's military as well as his daughter Malia's 18th birthday at the White House to mark America's Independence Day holiday.

Fort McMurray moms celebrate 'bittersweet' Mother's Day

Fort Mcmurray - A big burly man jumps up from his seat at a Canadian fire evacuation center Sunday muttering a profanity, and rushes to a firefighter who is distributing flowers for Mother's Day.He asks in a whisper if he might have a few daisies to give to his wife.

Safer holiday destinations now preferred by holiday makers Commissioned

2015 was an eventful year for holiday makers. Sadly, a fair number of holidays ended in disaster, or didn’t take place at all, owing to some chilling global incidents and the impact that they left on tourists, the world over.

Free upgrades for stranded Chinese travellers

Bejing - Chinese rail authorities offered 10,000 stranded Lunar New Year travellers free upgrades to high-speed trains Wednesday as they tackled a huge backlog of passengers stuck in Guangzhou by snow and ice.

'Nearly 100,000' Chinese new year travellers stranded

Bejing - Tens of thousands of Lunar New Year travellers in China were stranded Tuesday at a station in Guangzhou, state media said, after snow and ice elsewhere disrupted the world's largest annual human migration.

Demonstrators block westbound Bay Bridge in MLK Day protest

San Francisco - Protesters blocked all five westbound lanes of the Bay Bridge for more than an hour Monday in an extended version of anti-racism demonstrations that started early in the day in Oakland.

Brenda Lee makes Top 30 with 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree'

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Country Music Hall of Famer Brenda Lee has a major Billboard chart milestone to celebrate.

Russian firms tone down holiday cheer as crisis bites

Moscow - Forget corporate holiday bashes where glitterati are treated to fine champagne and French delicacies: Russia's economic crisis has taken the glow off the holiday season this year.

Review: Elle King electrifies Fresh FM's Holiday Jam at Beacon Theatre Special

New York - On December 2, Elle King was one of the artists that performed at Beacon Theatre in New York, as part of Fresh 102.7's Holiday Jam.

Brenda Lee back on Billboard charts with her holiday classic tune

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brenda Lee is back on the Billboard charts with her classic holiday anthem "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

Black Friday crowds smaller, calmer in stores across the country

New York - Smaller crowds and fewer unruly bargain-hunters made the start of the holiday shopping season seem almost civilized, reports from around the country appear to indicate.

Review: Tahj Mowry back with heart-warming 'Underneath the Mistletoe' Special

Actor Tahj Mowry is showing his fans his prowess in singing, with his latest holiday track "Underneath the Mistletoe," and it is delightful.

Popcorn at the cemetery on All Saints' Day in Poland

Varsovia - Popcorn at the cemetery, anyone? How about a Mickey Mouse balloon? Or socks, perfume, cotton candy, maybe kielbasa sausage straight from the grill?

'War Room' to take over a weak holiday box office

As Labor Day weekend winds down, a small budget film will take down a three-time champ at the box office. It will not be pretty, though.

French family leave child, 3, at motorway rest stop in holiday rush

Lyon - A family on their way to the French Riviera for their holidays left their three-year-old daughter in a motorway layby Sunday and drove more than 150 kilometres (90 miles) before realising they had "forgotten" her, police said.

Seagulls terrorise British holidaymakers

Brighton - A familiar presence at Britain's seaside resorts, seagulls have this summer spread fear after ambushing holidaymakers as they tuck into their fish and chips, and even attacking pets.
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All Saints Day lights during traditional holiday in Poland.
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Constantia Vista, Cape Town, South Africa - the view.
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Christmas illumination at shopping center adjacent to Mizonokuchi train station, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Japan.
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View across the gorge, Ronda, Spain
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Beaches of Fuengirola, Spain
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The rink at Campus Martius Park
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Constantia Vista, Cape Town, South Africa
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Lovejoy's Tea Room in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood.
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Beaches of Fuengirola, Spain
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