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Pictures of the Year 2023 - Happy Moments


Happy moments of 2023 through the lens of AFP photographers. 


Shows children playing with bubbles at a kindergarten during an event to celebrate International Children's Day in Nanjing, in China's eastern Jiangsu province. STR / AFP

Revellers take a selfie during the traditional 'Flour War', marking Clean Monday or Ash Monday in the town of Galaxidi, central Greece on February 27, 2023. LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP

A pensioner looks at Dounka, a 10 year-old mare, at a home for the elderly in Ornans, eastern France, on March 21, 2023. SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP

Chrach Peou sprays water in a garden in front of his airplane-shaped house in Siem Reap province, on March 12, 2023. TANG CHHIN SOTHY / AFP

Students draw pictures among blossoming rapeseed flowers in Haian, Nantong city, in China's eastern Jiangsu province on March 28, 2023. STR / AFP

Members of the 'Britannia Coconut Dancers of Bacup', with blackened faces to prevent being recognised by evil spirits, take part in their annual Easter Saturday Boundary Procession in Bacup, near Manchester in northwest England on April 8, 2023. OLI SCARFF / AFP

Ballet student Keith Chavez performs at the San Genaro neighborhood in the Chorrillos district, south of Lima, on April 1, 2023. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP

A woman is drenched as she runs down the street during a water fight on Khao San road on the eve of Thai New Year, in Bangkok on April 12, 2023. JACK TAYLOR / AFP

British town crier Tony Appleton, dressed in his town crier costume, takes the metro to central London, to meet and entertain people waiting to see the king's coronation on May 5, 2023. OLI SCARFF / AFP

Gert-Jan from the Netherlands, 40, victim of a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed, walks with implants during a press conference in Lausanne, Switzerland on May 23, 2023. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Cadets celebrate during their graduation ceremony at the United States Air Force Academy, in El Paso County, Colorado, on June 1, 2023. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP

Herons rest on trees at a wetland park in Taizhou, in China's eastern Jiangsu province, on June 1, 2023. STR / AFP

Children participate in the tenth annual Tomato Fight Festival, known as "Tomatina", in Sutamarchan, Boyaca Department, Colombia, on June 11, 2023. JUAN BARRETO / AFP

A couple kiss as they wait for the sun to rise at Stonehenge, near Amesbury, in Wiltshire, southern England on June 21, 2023, during the Summer Solstice festival. DANIEL LEAL / AFP

A woman admires the installation 'The Hope of the Polka Dots Buried in Infinity Will Eternally Cover the Universe', featured in the exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama 'You, Me and the Balloons',  at the Aviva Studios gallery in Manchester, northwest England, on June 29, 2023. OLI SCARFF / AFP

Mud-covered farmers play in a paddy field during "National Paddy Day", which marks the start of the annual rice planting season, in Tokha village on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, on June 30, 2023. PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP

85 year-old rugby player Yasutake Oshima (R) takes part in a rugby training session for his senior over-70s team, at the Fukasawa Multi-Purpose Sports Plaza in Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, on June 28, 2023. KAREN HAIBARA / AFP

A young foreign tourist (R) tries to push a former sumo wrestler at the Yokozuna Tonkatsu Dosukoi Tanaka restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, on July 3, 2023. YUICHI YAMAZAKI / AFP

Players celebrate their victory in the foam-filled locker room showers after the French Federale 1 rugby union match between Saint-Sulpice-sur-Leze and Valence d'Agen, at the Gaston-Sauret stadium in Saint-Sulpice-sur-Leze, southwestern France, on May 21, 2023. VALENTINE CHAPUIS / AFP

Students daubed in 'Gulal' or coloured powder celebrate Holi, the Hindu spring festival of colours at the Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, on March 6, 2023. NARINDER NANU / AFP

People swim in a makeshift pool amid soaring temperatures in a camp for the internally displaced in Zardana in Syria's rebel-held northwestern Idlib province, on August 14, 2023. AAREF WATAD / AFP

Dancers wait to perform the Sundanese peacock dance in Bandung, West Java, on August 19, 2023. TIMUR MATAHARI / AFP

Young Maasai men perform their traditional jumping dance as they gather to sing and dance during the Eunoto ceremony in a remote area near Kilgoris, Kenya, on August 18, 2023. LUIS TATO / AFP

Soapbox cart riders race downhill during the 10th edition of the Rolima do Abacate event during the Virada Cultural festival in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on August 20, 2023. DOUGLAS MAGNO / AFP

Competitors dressed as Barbie and Ken arrive to the World Bog Snorkelling Championships held at the Waen Rhydd peat bog, Llanwrtyd Wells, Mid Wales, on August 27, 2023. GEOFF CADDICK / AFP

Couples dance at Place Colette in central Paris, on September 2, 2023. DIMITAR DILKOFF / AFP

People exercise next to a monument to Italian poet Dante Alighieri, wrapped in sandbags to prevent it from damage from Russian air attacks, in Kyiv, on September 3, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. ROMAN PILIPEY / AFP

Spectators watch as the elite aerobatic flying team Fursan Al Emarati of the United Arab Emirates Air Force performs during the aviation event at 11th Athens Flying Week in Schimatari, north of Athens, on September 3, 2023. THEOPHILE BLOUDANIS / AFP

A migrant family from Venezuela reacts after breaking through a razor wire barricade into the United States, following hours of waiting on a river bank on the Rio Grande river, in Eagle Pass, Texas, USA, on September 25, 2023. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP

Oleksiy (L), a Ukrainian serviceman, kisses his wife Maryna, who arrived on a train from Kyiv to visit him, at the railway station in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, Ukraine, on September 25, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. ROMAN PILIPEY / AFP

People take part in the annual 'No Trousers On The Tube Day' on the London Underground in central London, UK, on January 8, 2023. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP

Palestinian youth show off their fire-breathing skills along the beach in Gaza City, on January 13, 2023. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

Winter swimming enthusiasts take photos at Beiling Park after a snowfall in Shenyang, in China's northeastern Liaoning province, on November 7, 2023. STR / AFP

Dancers Pauline Okumu (C) and Natalia Como (R) hug backstage during the traditional 'Nutcracker' ballet, at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi, on December 2, 2023. LUIS TATO / AFP

Pandas eat inside their enclosure at a zoo in China's southwestern Chongqing municipality, on December 2, 2023. STR / AFP