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Year in Pictures: Celebrations and commemorations

From colourful festivals to victory cheers, these were the celebrations that stood out to us this year
Students of Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School are suspended in mid-air as they practise in a dress rehearsal for a stunt performance which is part of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, at a stadium in Nanjing, Jiangsu province August 14, 2014. A total of 520 students took part in the performance named "Building the dream", which will be performed during the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games on August 16, local media reported. Picture taken August 14, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: SPORT SOCIETY OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - RTR42L3A

Every week, our photo editors curate the Week in Pictures series, a collection of some of the most beautiful, moving, vivid, adorable and heartbreaking photos from the last seven days. As part of our Best of 2014 web series, we’ve assembled galleries of some of the best of those snaps. Here’s 2014’s most remarkable photos from festivals, ceremonies, gatherings around the world:

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