Members of the 'Colla Vella Xiquets de Valls' human tower team form a 'castell' during the XXV human towers, or castells, competetion in Tarragona on October 35, 2014. These human towers, built traditionally in festivals within Catalonia, gather several teams tha attempt to build and dismantle a tower structure. (Josep Lago, AFP/Getty)
Bengali married women participate in Sindur Khela smearing of the vermilion on Durga Puja's last day Bijoya Dashami at Bengali Club on October 4, 2014 in Indore, India. It is believed that 'Sindur khela' dates back to time when the tradition of Durga puja started nearly 400 years ago. Unmarried women or widows are not allowed to celebrate Sindoor Khela. (Amit K Jaiswal, Hindustan Times via Getty)
Residents of an Ebola affected township wait in line before dawn to receive family and home disinfection kits distributed by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), on October 4, 2014 in New Kru Town, Liberia. MSF gave out thousands of the kits in early morning distributions, some of 50,000 such 'Ebola kits' to be given to families throughout the capital area. The kits, which include buckets, soap, gloves, anti-contamination gowns, plastic bags, a spray bottle and masks, are meant to give people some level of protection if a family member becomes sick, possibly from Ebola. (John Moore, Getty)
MONROVIA, LIBERIA - OCTOBER 09: A health worker takes the temperature of U.S. Marines arriving to take part in Operation United Assistance on October 9, 2014 near Monrovia, Liberia. Some 90 Marines landed on KC-130 transport planes and MV-22 Ospreys to support the American effort to contain the Ebola epidemic. The Ospreys, which can land vertically like helicopters, will transport U.S. troops and supplies as they build 17 Ebola treatment centers around Liberia. U.S. President Barack Obama has committed up to 4,000 troops in West Africa to combat the disease. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Residents watch as dark giant ash clouds rise from the crater of Mount Sinabung volcano during an eruption on October 8, 2014, as seen from Karo district located on Indonesia's Sumatra island, following an earlier eruption on October 5, 2014. According to authorities hundreds of residents are still housed at evacuation centers as authorities maintains off limit danger zone around Mount Sinabung located in Indonesia's Sumatra island following deadly eruption in early February that killed about 17 people. AFP PHOTO / SUTANTA ADITYA (Photo credit should read SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images)
An approaching storm looms over the French Riviera city of Nice, southeastern France, on October 5, 2014. (Valery Hache, AFP/Getty)
GIANYAR, BALI, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 05: A Balinese Hindu woman bathes as she performs the 'Banyu Pinaruh' ritual at Sebatu holy waterfall on October 5, 2014 in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia. Banyu Pinaruh is a most important purification ritual which is performed one day after celebrating Saraswati Day, the day to worship Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, arts and science. Banyu literarily means water, while Pinaruh means knowledge or wisdom. Banyu Pinaruh serves as a purification process, to spiritually cleanse one's body and soul. Balinese Hindus believe water poured all over the body, symbolizing the eradication of any negative and dark forces that might overshadow one's life. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers misses a catch out of bounds during the second quarter of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 5, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Rob Foldy, Getty)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 05: Indonesian Muslims perform Eid Al-Adha prayer at Al-Akbar Mosque on October 5, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid Al-Adha, to commemorate the Prophet Ibrahim's readiness to sacrifice his son as a sign of his obedience to God, during which they sacrifice permissible animals, generally goats, sheep, and cows. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
Protestors from the Kurdish group Popular Protection Unit (YPG) are seen through a ripped flag as they demonstrate for more western intervention against Islamic State militants (IS) in Syria and Iraq, in front of the Brandeburg Gate in Berlin on October 7, 2014. Germany Defence ministry is to send anti-tank rocket launchers, rifles and hand grenades to support Iraqi Kurds battling jihadist militants fighting for the IS.
AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A crowd gathers near the scene in the 4100 block of Shaw Boulevard where a man was fatally shot by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT via Getty Images)
SANLIURFA, TURKEY - OCTOBER 08: Turkish army forces tightened security measures in Turkey's border province Sanliurfa as the clashes between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Kurdish armed groups continue in Ayn al-Arab city, north of Syria, on October 8, 2014. (Photo by Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Turkish troops take position in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, near the Mursitpinar border crossing with Syria on October 3, 2014. Turkey will do whatever it can to prevent the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, from falling to jihadists, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said after the Turkish parliament gave the green light for military action. Islamic State (IS) militants have now advanced to within a few kilometres from the town, which lies just across the Turkish border. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke rises in the Syrian town of Kobani as Turkish Kurds watch near the Mursitpinar border crossing on October 9, 2014 on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc, Turkey. Islamic State fighters have reportedly seized more than a third of the town of Kobani on the Syrian border, despite US-led air strikes in the region. (Photo by Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 09: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) The moon is seen by the Tokyo Sky Tree during a total lunar eclipse on October 9, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. A total lunar eclipse is sometimes called a blood moon because of the red color that is cast upon it by light refracting in Earth's atmosphere. The lunar eclipse, resulting in the moon appearing to be an orange-red colour is due to a perfect alignment of the Sun, Earth and Moon, otherwise known as syzygy, and this is the first of four in a rare Tetrad of eclipses over the next two years. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun/The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
As we head into the long Columbus Day Weekend, take a moment to look back at the past week in photos.
Protests sprang up again in Hong Kong on Friday, the Associated Press reports, despite the government having set an October 6th deadline for protestors to end their demonstrations. Pro-democracy activists have been running the movement, also known as the Umbrella Revolution, since September 26. Thousands of protestors have occupied main roads and blocked off buildings making for quite a juxtaposition at times as can be seen above in the image leading our weekly photo roundup.
Alongside the protests, business as usual seemed to carry on for a model in a photo shoot who poses for pictures a few feet from an occupying protester. Support for the movement had been waning until Friday's revival, which was sparked by the government's decision to call off talks with student leaders.
Festivals and holidays were observed by various cultures this week. Many beautiful photos came from the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha, also called the Feast of the Sacrifice, as well as rituals from India and Indonesia. Other events around the world included the human towers competition in Spain, Germany's Festival of Lights, and the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in China.
In sports, the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals completed the longest postseason game in the history of Major League Baseball, and hockey season began in the United States and Canada. Week 5 of the NFL football season also provided us with some impressive pictures.
Not to be outdone, the so-called 'blood moon' became the subject of several of the week's best photos, as a colorful total lunar eclipse occurred overnight on Wednesday.
Check back next Friday for our selection of the best photos from the next seven days.