This most important of Hindu festivals falls on Tuesday 13 through to Wednesday 14 February 2018.
Teams throw 500,000 kilograms of oranges at each other as the northern Italian town of Ivrea marks the start of carnival season.
Seven of Rio de Janeiro's elite samba schools danced through the specially-built Sambadrome on the first night of the city's famous Carnival parades.
IBTimes UK presents the best photos from the opening ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.
People living along the California coast are being treated to a living light show as tiny glowing phytoplankton light up the waves at Big Sur.
Escape to somewhere exotic and tropical this winter: the 23rd annual orchid festival at Kew Gardens in southwest London.
The spectacular costumes – covered in feathers, sequins and jewels – can be more than 5m high and weigh over 80kg.
The French capital is always a photogenic city, but when it's blanketed in white, it's even prettier.
Netanyahu's government is offering 20,000 male migrants, most of whom are from Sudan and Eritrea, $3,500 (£2,500) and a plane ticket to what it says is a safe destination in Africa.
In pictures: The most exciting cars on show at Retromobile 2018, including the Ferrari FXX, a stunning 1938 Bugatti and a pristine Ferrari 250GT Cabriolet.
Photos show buildings in Hualien leaning at sharp angles, their lowest floors crushed into mangled heaps of concrete, shattered glass and bent iron beams.
Poland's president says he will sign a bill outlawing suggestions the Polish nation or state was complicit in Nazi crimes.
An 11-year-old girl was the only one person at home when the helicopter crashed into her house. She managed to escape with only a minor knee injury,
Torrential rains have caused havoc in Jakarta and neighbouring West Java, as flooding and landslides have killed at least five people.
The Alps Ski Resort was one of South Korea's first winter sports destinations, attracting tens of thousands of skiers every year, until it abruptly shut in 2006.