AFP: “Pipeline” or “Pipe,” is a surf reef break located in Hawaii, off Ehukai Beach Park in Pupukea on O’ahu’s North Shore. Pipeline is notorious for huge waves which break in shallow water just above a sharp and cavernous reef, forming large, hollow, thick curls of water that surfers can tube ride.
Dancers dressed as traditional characters in the “Baile de Negras” dance on the feast day of the Virgin of the Candelaria (Candlemas) in the town of Diriomo, Nicaragua.
Candlemas falls forty days after Christmas and is celebrated by Catholics as the presentation of Christ at the Temple.
Thousands of worshippers came to the beach in Montevideo, Uruguay on the feast day of Yemanja, African sea goddess, bearing candles, flowers, perfumes and fruit to show their gratitude for her blessings. The celebration coincides with the Roman Catholic feast day of the Virgin of Candelaria, marked Feb. 2.
Afghanistan’s first female wushu trainer, Sima Azimi, is training 20 Afghan girls aged between 14 – 20 at a wushu club in Kabul, after learning the sport while living as a refugee in Iran. Wushu is a sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts.
The Up Helly Aa festival in Lerwick, Shetland Islands celebrates the influence of the Scandinavian Vikings in the Shetland Islands and culminates with up to 1,000 “guizers” (men in costume) throwing flaming torches into their Viking longboat and setting it alight later in the evening.
People gathered in remembrance of the victims of Sunday’s shooting at a Quebec City mosque, during a vigil in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. A French Canadian known for far-right, nationalist views was charged Monday with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder over the shooting rampage at a Quebec City mosque that Canada’s prime minister called an act of terrorism against Muslims.
At airports in California, New England and elsewhere, protestors gathered to demonstrate opposition to the new immigration ban issued by President Donald Trump.