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Approximately 2,000 pilgrims from 40 different folk group associations attended an outdoor mass in traditional Bavarian costumes at the open-air altar near Fischbachau, Germany, on Thursday. The annual event held in Bavaria, a predominantly Catholic state, celebrates Jesus Christ's ascension to heaven.

Pilgrims in traditional Bavarian folk costumes mark Jesus' ascension near Fischbachau, Germany, on Thursday.Joerg Koch / Getty Images