Orthodox Jewish community celebrates Purim

Plus: Participants warm up for this year's inter-livery pancake race and Care International invites people to walk in the shoes of a girl in Ethiopia

A young girl from the Orthodox Jewish community of Stamford Hill, north London, wears a traditional costume to join in the celebrations for the Jewish festival of Purim. The event commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the ancient Persian Empire during the 5th century BC. The community marks the event by dancing and singing in the streets to Yiddish music and collecting money from wealthy businessmen for various charitable causes.

Participants warm up for this year's inter-livery pancake race, held on Shrove Tuesday in the Guildhall yard, central London. The event, which raises funds for the Lord Mayor's chosen charities and good causes, is organised by the Worshipful Company of Poulters and features livery companies that are associated in some way with the making of pancakes. Traditionally, the gunmakers start each race, the clerk to the clockmakers is responsible for timing, the fruiterers provide lemons and the cutlers plastic forks. The poulters provide the eggs.

The anti-poverty charity Care International is highlighting the story of Ambie, a 10-year-old Ethiopian girl, as part of its Walk in Her Shoes campaign. It has been established to raise awareness and funds for women and girls such as Ambie who have to spend their days walking long distances to collect water for their families, instead of going to school or doing paid work. The charity is holding a walk through central London on 8 March, International Women's Day, to launch this year's campaign and show solidarity with women and girls worldwide.

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