Stunning images of religion around the world in 2017

The five largest religions — Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism — represent about 77%of the world's population.

Every year, billions come together to celebrate their faith.

Here are some of the most powerful moments captured in photos in 2017:

Religion practiced around the world in 2017
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Religion practiced around the world in 2017

Hindu priests sit inside a cave as they perform evening prayers on the banks of the river Ganges in Devprayag, India.

REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 

A 93-year old Holocaust survivor celebrates the anniversary of his bar mitzvah ceremony in Haifa, Israel.

REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Artists dressed as Hindu gods Rama and Laxman act as fireworks explode during Vijaya Dashmi, or Dussehra festival celebrations in Chandigarh, India.

REUTERS/Ajay Verma 

A gust of wind blows Pope Francis' mantle during his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican.

 REUTERS/Tony Gentile

A woman prays during the festival of Eid-e-Milad-ul-Nabi, the birth anniversary of the Islamic prophet Mohammad, in Srinagar, India.

REUTERS/Danish Ismail

A Hindu holy man smeared with ashes sits at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.

 REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar 

Bulgarian men jump to catch a wooden crucifix during Epiphany day celebrations in Sofia, Bulgaria.

REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov 

A man rides a horse through flames during the annual "Luminarias" celebration on the eve of Saint Anthony's day, Spain's patron saint of animals, outside Madrid.

REUTERS/Paul Hanna 

Shi'ite Muslim men in Iraq beat themselves with their hands in mourning for Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed who was killed in a 7th Century battle in Kerbala.

 REUTERS/Abdullah Dhiaa Al-deen 

People gather for Iftar, breaking fast amid damaged buildings during the holy month of Ramadan in the rebel-held besieged town of Douma, Syria.

 Khabieh/File Photo 

Worshippers hold candles as they take part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

REUTERS/Ammar Awad 

Devotees occupy Jones bridge as they take part in the annual procession of the Black Nazarene in the Philippines.

REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco 

A woman dressed up as "Catrina", a Mexican character also known as "The Elegant Death", takes part in a Catrinas parade in Mexico City.

 REUTERS/Carlos Jasso 

Pilgrims attend a candlelight vigil at the Catholic shrine of Fatima in Portugal.

 REUTERS/Pedro Nunes 

Young Hindu priests take a holy bath together as part of a ritual during the sacred thread festival at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.

REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar 

Worshippers in Brazil attend the Day of the Spiritual Indoctrinator annual celebrations at the Vale do Amanhecer (Valley of the Dawn) community.

 REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino 

Muslims pray on a street in front of an illegally built mosque that was destroyed in Belgrade, Serbia.

 REUTERS/Marko Djurica 

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish girl stands in front of a bonfire as she celebrates the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba'Omer in Ashdod, Israel.

REUTERS/Amir Cohen 

Men attend Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a playground in Morocco.

 REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

The group Colla els Castellers de Vilafranca form a human tower called 'Castell' during the All Saints Day in a town near Barcelona, Spain.

 REUTERS/Juan Medina 

A snow-covered chapel is covered in crystals after the first snowfall of the season in the western Austrian village of Tulfes.

 REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler 



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