galleryPhoto of the Day 201101.24.12galleryPhoto of the Day 2011The best images from around the world01.24.12 5:30 PM ETAltaf Qadri / AP PhotoAwestruckDec. 31, 2011 Bodhgaya, India Buddhist monks and other devotees wait to welcome the Dalai Lama upon his arrival for the upcoming Kalachakra Buddhist festival in the town of Bodhgaya, believed to be the place where Buddha attained enlightenment. See 2012's Photo of the Day gallery. Narendra Shrestha, EPA / LandovRoom with a ViewDec. 30, 2011 Dhampus, Nepal A woman from the indigenous Gurung community combs her hair on her balcony as she prepares to attend a traditional New Year ceremony. Mt. Machapuchre is seen in the background. Mohammad Ismail, Reuters / LandovUp in the AirDec. 29, 2011 Kabul, Afghanistan Children watch as a man holds balloons for sale on the street. AFP / Getty ImagesSeeing RedDec. 28, 2011 Taizhou, China Workers carry red lanterns out from a workshop as they prepare for the lunar new year celebration. Muhammed Muheisen / AP PhotoIn MemoriamDec. 27, 2011 Islamabad, Pakistan Supporters of Pakistan's slain leader Benazir Bhutto observe the fourth anniversary of her death. Sang Tan / AP PhotoOut of ServiceDec. 26,2011 London, England Underground trains are parked during a 24-hour strike by train drivers over public holiday pay. Jaipal Singh / EPA / LandovSanta's Little HelperDec. 25, 2011 Jammu, India Devotees gather to offer Christmas prayers at a church. Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesTally Ho!Dec. 24, 2011 West Littleton, England Members of the Duke of Beaufort's Hunt ride out on their Christmas Eve meet. Many hunts across the country will be gearing up for their Boxing Day meets, which traditionally are the highest attended of the hunting calendar. Marko Drobnjakovic / AP PhotoMusical TributeDec. 23, 2011 Prague, Czech Republic A violinist performs on the streets of Prague during the state funeral of former Czech President Vaclav Havel. Kevin Frayer / AP PhotoOut in the ColdDec. 22, 2011 New Delhi, India An evicted squatter stands on the street near his belongings as they were burned by the police. Dmitry Lovetsky / AP PhotoFire in the SkyDec. 21, 2011 Baikonur, Kazakhstan People watch the launch of the Soyuz TMA-03M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station. Win McNamee / AP PhotoHigh HolidaysDec. 20, 2011 Washington D.C. The National Menorah was lit for the first night of Hanukkah on the National Mall. Aaron Favila / AP PhotoCoffin ShortageDec. 20, 2011 Manila, Philippines Navy personnel carried an empty coffin that will be transported to flood-stricken cities, along with other relief goods like drinking water and clothes. Nearly a thousand people died in massive flash floods when a tropical storm hit the country last week. Bethany Clarke / Getty ImagesTons of TurkeysDec. 19, 2011 York, England A man prepares for the Christmas Poultry Auction in England. AnonymousDearly DepartedDec. 19, 2011 Pyongyang, North Korea Hundreds of North Koreans gather to mourn the death of their leader Kim Jong-il. Navesh Chitrakar / LandovFlame WarDec. 18, 2011 Kathmandu, Nepal Activists participate in a torch rally organized by the Nepal Tarun Dal (TD), the youth wing of Nepali Congress Party, as part of a demonstration against the Nepali government and police. Shannon Stapleton / Reuters-LandovLast Flight OutDec. 17, 2011 Ali Air Base, Iraq Air Force airmen go to board the last Air Force flight out of Ali Air Base near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Punit Paranjpe, AFP / Getty ImagesLittle LadyDec. 16, 2011 Nagpur, India The Guinness World Records named Jyoti Amge, 18, world's shortest woman measuring 62.8 centimeters (24.7 inches). Cabalar / EPA / LandovBig WavesDec. 15 2011 Galicia, Spain Waves over 26 ft hit the coast of northwestern Spain. Alexey Druzhinin, AFP / Getty ImagesThe Putin ShowDec. 15, 2011 Moscow, Russia Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin arrives for his annual question-and-answer television program. Putin said the results of Russia's parliamentary elections reflected popular opinion but he was pleased by the sight of mass protests of mainly young people.