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A group of women preparing food for a feast. Mezban (Persian word meaning ‘host’) stands for community feast, with a simple menu of rice and beef-curry only. It’s a tradition of Chittagong mainly observed by the rich. Chiefly a mezban is held on the birth and death anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad (sm) that is 12th day of the lunar month Rabiul Awal. Besides, mezban is also held on other occasions such as the death anniversary of an individual, birth of a child or inauguration of a new business, or celebration of the entrance to a new residence. Winter is a popular season for organizing mezbans. Chittagong, Bangladesh. May 18, 2010.

A portion of the Qutub Minar, in Delhi, India. This 72.5 meters tall brick minaret, built in 1193 by Muslim Emperor Qutub-ud-din Aibek to commemorate the capture of Delhi, is notable for being one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. February 4, 2010.

The Qutub Minar, in Delhi, India. This 72.5 meters tall brick minaret, built in 1193 by Muslim Emperor Qutub-ud-din Aibek to commemorate the capture of Delhi, is notable for being one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture.It is surrounded by several other ancient and medieval structures and ruins, collectively known as Qutb complex. The complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Delhi. February 4, 2010.

The Lotus Temple is a very recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith in Delhi, India. It was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent. It has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Delhi, India. February 4, 2010.

The Lotus Temple is a very recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith in Delhi, India. It was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent. It has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Delhi, India. February 4, 2010.

The Lotus Temple is a very recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith in Delhi, India. It was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent. It has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Delhi, India. February 4, 2010.

The Lotus Temple is a very recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith in Delhi, India. It was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent. It has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Delhi, India. February 4, 2010.

The Jama Masjid (mosque) lying at the origin of a very busy street of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk, is the largest mosque in India. It was built in 1655 during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Delhi, India. February 5, 2010.

The Jama Masjid (mosque) lying at the origin of a very busy street of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk, is the largest mosque in India. It was built in 1655 during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Delhi, India. February 5, 2010.

The Jama Masjid (mosque) lying at the origin of a very busy street of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk, is the largest mosque in India. It was built in 1655 during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Delhi, India. February 5, 2010.

The Jama Masjid (mosque) lying at the origin of a very busy street of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk, is the largest mosque in India. It was built in 1655 during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Delhi, India. February 5, 2010.

The Jama Masjid (mosque) lying at the origin of a very busy street of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk, is the largest mosque in India. It was built in 1655 during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Delhi, India. February 5, 2010.