Lebanon POW 27Feb-5March

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Men covered in black body paint and dressed up parade in a street during the annual festival of Zambo, that celebrates the beginning of lent, the Christian fasting season ahead of Easter, in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. According to local residents, the Zambo is an old Brazilian festival brought to Lebanon decades ago by an immigrant. It is Tripoli’s toned-down version of the Rio De Janeiro festival with Brazil being home to the largest Lebanese expatriate community in the world. (IBRAHIM CHALHOUB/AFP)