The fatality occurred during the controversial sport of Jallikattu, in which bulls are released into an arena and young men try to cling onto them without being thrown off.
Makar Sankranti marks the winter solstice and the transition of the sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn. Devotees also thank Surya the sun god for the coming harvest season.
The week's best photojournalism, from monkey camera lessons and a baby orangutan, to the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards.
The search for survivors and bodies after a mudslide engulfed homes in Santa Barbara County enters its third day. Seventeen people confirmed dead, with five still unaccounted for.
They face dangers ranging from losing their footing on steep drops, being struck by falling rocks or succumbing to temperatures as low as minus 9C (15°F)
Theresa May has pledged to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042, as part of a new environmental agenda.
The route runs for nearly 9,000 kilometres (5,550 miles) through three countries, across desert dunes, mountain trails, flooded rivers and salt flats.
Hundreds of rescue workers and volunteers are continuing the gruelling work of hunting for survivors and digging up bodies in the sea of mud and wreckage in Santa Barbara County.
In recent days, violent protests over price hikes have left one person dead and raised fears of broader unrest in the country that was the birthplace of the Arab Spring.
Supermarket shelves and fridges are empty, and the prices of the few goods that are available can change every day.
The death toll from the mudslides that swept through Santa Barbara county is expected to rise as rescue workers search for an unknown number people still unaccounted for.
Around 13,000 tourists have become stranded by heavy snow in Zermatt, at the foot of Switzerland's famous Matterhorn.
Emir was one of six children killed by Syrian and Russian air strikes on Eastern Ghouta on Monday. Since 29 December, 126 people, including 29 children, have lost their lives.
Devotees squeezed their way into the tightly packed mob and climbed on others in a desperate attempt to reach the carriage carrying the Black Nazarene through Manila.
Choose one of these 24 stunning animal pictures as the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award.
Orthodox Christians in Russia, Greece, Ethiopia and other countries around the world celebrated Christmas Day yesterday (Sunday 7 January).
Today's RMT strike means some commuters face a denuded service, but London Underground was totally pants over the weekend.
The 34th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, in China's far northeastern Heilongjiang Province, has opened.
From New Year's Eve celebrations around the world, through winter storms in Britain, Europe and the US, to Epiphany in Spain.
Children as young as three spend their days sitting in soot and breathing in coal dust and toxic smoke to make charcoal out of wood scavenged from rubbish dumps.