Gubbio's Race of the Candles festival – in pictures

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The Race of the Candles festival in Gubbio, Italy, dates back to the 12th century when it celebrated victory in war. People charge through town bearing three huge wooden structures topped with statues of saints as crowds roar them on. The ceraioli who support the heavy ceri (candles) wear coloured shirts to represent their respective saint – yellow for St Ubaldo, blue for St Giorgio and black for St Anthony

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