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A man prays before a set of votive candles during the annual Taong Putik,  or "mud people," festival in Bibiclat, on Luzon island, Philippines. The festival honors St. John the Baptist, and devotees smear themselves with mud and dress in cloaks made from banana leaves and vines, which symbolize the animal skins the saint wore in the Bible.  June 24, 2011.