CHINA: The annual Torch Festival held in China's southwest is influential among the Yi people. The festival falls between the 24th and 26th day of the sixth lunar month during which men, women, the young and the old participate in a variety of activities while carrying flaming torches.
Many see the festival as an opportunity for young men and women to meet their prospective spouses. Men play stringed instruments while women clap to raise the tempo, snack vendors provide refreshments and everyone's sings and dances late into the night during the joyous occasion.
Here we look at 15 spectacular pictures captured during the Torch Festival being celebrated in China's Sichuan province.
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