24 hours through the lens – Munich Mayor Christian Ude, left, and Oktoberfest Director Dieter Reiter take a ride on a flying swing during a tour of the Oktoberfest grounds in Munich, Germany, on Thursday, September 20. The world's largest fair runs from September 22 to October 7.
24 hours through the lens – An Indian Hindu devotee pours milk over a cobra during a Nag-Panchami ritual at a Shiva Temple in Jammu on Thursday. During the festival of Nag-Panchami, observed during the monsoon season, Hindus give prayers and tributes to snakes.
24 hours through the lens – Police officers salute during the inauguration of the Police Peacemaker Unit, installed at the Rocinha, the largest shanty town in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday.
24 hours through the lens – A devotee carries a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the Arabian Sea on the first day of the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, on Thursday. Ganesh idols are taken through the streets in a dancing and singing procession to a river or the sea, where they are immersed to symbolize seeing off the god to take away the misfortunes of all mankind.
24 hours through the lens – An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man swings a chicken over his family during the Kaparot ceremony on Thursday in Bnei Brak, Israel. The Jewish ritual is meant to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken. It is performed before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, the most important day in the Jewish calendar, which this year will start at sunset on September 25.
24 hours through the lens – A tramway employee sits in a parked tram at a depot during a nationwide strike in Kolkata, India. Shopkeepers, traders and laborers blocked railway lines and closed markets across India on Thursday in a nationwide day of protest against reforms allowing in foreign supermarkets such as Walmart.