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Stunning images capture rituals of Tibetan 'Yellow Hat' monks

Published 11:42 PM ET, Thu March 19, 2015
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Tibetan Buddhist monks gather at Labrang Monastery in a Tibetan region of northwest China's Gansu province to celebrate Monlam, or "Great Prayer" rituals on March 5, 2015. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Monks unfurl their robes during "Great Prayer" rituals on March 5, 2015. Labrang Monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism and one of the largest outside of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Tibetan Buddhists gather to see the unveiling of a large thangka or cloth painting on March 3, 2015 near Labrang Monastery. Monlam, the most important prayer event for many Tibetans, was banned during the Cultural Revolution in China but is now celebrated in many areas. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Tibetan women wait to take part in rituals during Monlam on March 4, 2015. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Monks of the Gelug, Tibetan Buddhism's "Yellow Hat" order, arrive for morning prayers on March 3, 2015. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Devotees bow to a passing monk on his way to take part in a special prayer during the Monlam rituals on March 5, 2015. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Tibetan Buddhist monks at Labrang Monastery sit on the ground during a special prayer on March 5, 2015. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
A Tibetan Buddhist prostrates herself on the ground during a pilgrimage for Monlam on March 3, 2015 at Labrang Monastery. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Monks unveil a large thangka -- a painting on silk or cotton -- showing Buddha, on a hillside near Labrang Monastery on March 3, 2015. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
A woman prays as monks of the Yellow Hat order, carry a large thangka of Buddha after showing it to worshippers on March 3, 2015. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Tibetan Buddhists wear traditional clothing as they wait to take part in a procession at Labrang Monastery on March 4, 2015. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Monks of the Gelug, or "Yellow Hat" order, after morning prayers on March 3, 2015. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Tibetan Buddhist monks perform a mask dance on March 4, 2015. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Tibetan Buddhist monks of the Gelug, or Yellow Hat order, some wearing masks, are covered in snow as they take part in a procession on March 4, 2015. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Tibetan Buddhist monks perform a "black hat" dance during Monlam, the "Great Prayer" rituals on March 4, 2015. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images