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The week of Jan. 26 in photos

A participant pours a bucket of cold water on himself during the annual New Year ice bath ceremony at Kanda Myojin Shinto on Jan. 26, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Participants wearing only shorts or loincloths pour cold water over themselves in a traditional ceremony to test their endurance as they believe it would purify their souls and bring them good luck. (Photo from Sawayasu Tsuji/Getty Images)

Week in photos: The images you must see from the week of Jan. 26

This week, while parts of Canada, the U.S. and Europe were digging out from under blankets of snow, people in other parts of the world were celebrating January and the seasons to come.

Chinese New Year festivities began in China, while in Spain, villagers took part in the traditional Zubieta festival, designed to wake up the Earth.

But even as some celebrated the natural forces of Earth, others found their lives and livelihoods threatened by them.

A working-class neighbourhood in Havana is still recovering from a rare tornado that struck there on Jan. 26, and the death toll in Brazil following a devastating dam collapse has reached 99 and is expected to rise.

From dazzling light displays to a cocktail bar in a literal garbage dump, here are some of the most compelling images from this week.