Look Again: The day's most compelling images from around the globe

Fascinating world views from a pagan celebration at Stonehenge to a Santa propelling down a shopping mall in Tokyo

By Salon Staff
December 22, 2016 1:30AM (UTC)
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Workers in Santa Claus (R) and reindeer (L) costumes wave while cleaning windows outside the "Decks Tokyo Beach" shopping mall along Tokyo's waterfront on December 21, 2016. The annual Christmas promotional event was held to attract shoppers. / AFP / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images) (Afp/getty Images)

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Tokyo, Japan   Toshifumi Kitamura/Getty
Workers dressed in Santa and reindeer costumes clean windows outside of the 'Decks Tokyo Beach' shopping mall


Does this mean Santa and his reindeer are getting lazy or that they're working extra-hard? I'm not sure...


—Matthew Rosza, breaking news writer


Hazer Camp, Iraq   Ammar Awad/Reuters
A young Iraqi boy sits in a wheelbarrow at the Khazer refugee camp after fleeing war-town Mosul


In a few days half the world will be celebrating the (alleged) birth of a child, born not far from where this kid is running from. And yet, when it comes to living children that need help today, we seem to shy away from it.


—Mireia Triguero Roura, editorial assistant


Stonehenge, England   Matt Cardy/Getty
A crowd gathers in the center of Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice and watch the sunrise, despite a forecast of clouds and rain


Pagans, witches, druids, people who probably love renaissance fairs; unite! Today marks the annual Winter Solstice. To most, only recognized as the shortest day of the year; but to some, it is known as Yule, the day marking the re-birth of the Sun God who brings fertility and life to the Earth. Stonehenge, an ancient neolithic monument, aligns with the midwinter sunset and midsummer sunrise solstitial axis, making it the perfect destination for revelers who can't wait celebrate ancient rituals and party sun worshippers.



—Jillian Kestenbaum, office manager


Karachi, Pakistan   Asif Hassan/Getty
A group of Pakistani women wearing santa hats pose for a selfie on the streets of Karachi


Christians make up a small portion of Pakistan's population, but December 25th is a public holiday (though in memory of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan) and Christmas still inspires the wearing of jaunty Santa hats, the perfect fashion choice for seasonal selfies.


—Melanie McFarland, TV critic

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