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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Photos of the Day: Nov. 5, 2013

A young dressed up boy, sticks out his tongue as he celebrates Guy Fawkes day in Thokoza south of Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Guy Fawkes day is celebrated mainly in England by burning his effigy on a bonfire to mark a foiled plot to blow up Parliament in 1605, but Guy Fawkes Day has a different meaning in Soweto, South Africa, where it is a day of absurd cross-dressing. Comical troupes of children in clumsy make-up and adult clothing sing special Guy Fawkes songs and dance in the streets as they playfully beg for coins from passing admirers. It's not clear why the day is celebrated this way in the townships, but observers agree at least it's good, clean fun, posing no harm to animals or other people.