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Face of the Day


A member of the Britannia Coconutters waits his turn to dance boundary to boundary in Bacup, on April 7, 2007 in Lancashire, northern England. Every Easter Saturday for over a hundred years the men have performed pagan dances to welcome Spring and ward off evil Winter spirits. The Coconutters derive their name from the time when coal miners would wear coconut shells on their knees for protection in the pits. Their blackened faces are to disguise them from evil spirits after the dance has finished and also reflects the coal mining traditions. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)