Thursday, June 18, 2009

Events in pics - Part 1

The four day annual festival of the Sheedi community reached its climax on Wednesday June 17 at the shrine of Sakhi Sultan Baba on the outskirts of Karachi. During the festival, offerings of fresh meat and sweets are made to the crocodiles. Text: Salman Siddiqui Photos: Fahim Siddiqi/White Star
As in other shrines, a variety of amulets, chains, bangles and colorful cloths can be bought from the shops near the shrine.

A procession of Sheedi women and men leave their homes at around mid-day and march towards the shrine to the sound of drumbeats.
Demonstrators attend a protest in support of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi in Vienna.
Racegoers await the start of the meeting during the first day of Royal Ascot, in Berkshire, west of London.

A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, offers prayers after a dip in the Ganges River in Allahabad, India, Tuesday. Allahabad is on the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswath River and is one of Hinduism's most important centres.

A worker, left, fumigates the area with a pesticide

A worker, left, fumigates an area with pesticide to stop the breeding of mosquitoes in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan health authorities continued efforts to curb the spread of dengue, commonly transmitted by infected mosquitoes, as the number of related deaths rose across the country.

Photo: Eranga Jayawardena/AP