Pictures of the Day: Monday, Jan. 9, 2012

In a Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 photo, a firefighter retreats down a ladder as the moon rises over a strip mall fire in Silverdale, Wash.
Steve Zugschwerdt, The Kitsap Sun | AP
In a Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 photo, a firefighter retreats down a ladder as the moon rises over a strip mall fire in Silverdale, Wash.
Nuessler, men or boys in traditional costumes and masks that are derived from those worn by the characters in the Venetian Commedia dell' Arte, parade through the streets of Brunnen, Switzerland on Monday, Jan.  9, 2012, marking the opening of the carnival season.
Urs Flueeler | AP
Nuessler, men or boys in traditional costumes and masks that are derived from those worn by the characters in the Venetian Commedia dell' Arte, parade through the streets of Brunnen, Switzerland on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, marking the opening of the carnival season.
The full moon rises among the clouds behind a statue of an angel fixed atop the Alexander Column at Palace Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, late Monday, Jan. 9, 2012.
Dmitry Lovetsky | AP
The full moon rises among the clouds behind a statue of an angel fixed atop the Alexander Column at Palace Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, late Monday, Jan. 9, 2012.
Nepalese Hindu women warm themselves before taking a holy bath in Salinadi River during the first day of Madhav Narayan Festival, in Sankhu, about 12.5 miles northeast of Katmandu, Nepal on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. Hindu women observe a fast and pray to Goddess Swasthani for the longevity of their husbands during the festival.
Niranjan Shrestha | AP
Nepalese Hindu women warm themselves before taking a holy bath in Salinadi River during the first day of Madhav Narayan Festival, in Sankhu, about 12.5 miles northeast of Katmandu, Nepal on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. Hindu women observe a fast and pray to Goddess Swasthani for the longevity of their husbands during the festival.
Shinto priests Masaki Kaji (left) and Kenji Kaji perform purification rites for the dogs at Ichigaya Kamegaoka Hachimangu in Tokyo on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. The shrine specially arranges the dates for pet owners and their pets to offer the New Year's prayers together.
Shizuo Kambayashi | AP
Shinto priests Masaki Kaji (left) and Kenji Kaji perform purification rites for the dogs at Ichigaya Kamegaoka Hachimangu in Tokyo on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. The shrine specially arranges the dates for pet owners and their pets to offer the New Year's prayers together.
Indian firefighters aim colored water at a target during the annual fire drill competition in Mumbai, India on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. The drill is held every year aimed at enhancing the response of the personnel to emergency situations.
Rafiq Maqbool | AP
Indian firefighters aim colored water at a target during the annual fire drill competition in Mumbai, India on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. The drill is held every year aimed at enhancing the response of the personnel to emergency situations.
Posted Jan. 09, 2012, at 7:36 p.m.

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