<p><strong></strong></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>As April draws to a close, <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/">National Geographic photo</a> editors look back at moments from the month—tragic, jubilant, and peaceful—that played out around the world.</strong></p><p>Here a camera lens captures a young boy of the Tai Yai ethnic group dressed for a Poi Sang Long ceremony on April 3 in northern <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/thailand-guide/">Thailand</a>. The ceremony ordains boys aged 7 to 14 as novices to study Buddhist doctrines, according to the European Pressphoto Agency. (Also see <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/02/pictures/130219-56th-world-press-photo-best-news-pictures/">"Pictures: Best News Photos from 2013 World Photo Press Contest."</a>)</p><p><em>—Katia Andreassi, Kate Andries, and Alexis Manning</em></p>

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As April draws to a close, National Geographic photo editors look back at moments from the month—tragic, jubilant, and peaceful—that played out around the world.

Here a camera lens captures a young boy of the Tai Yai ethnic group dressed for a Poi Sang Long ceremony on April 3 in northern Thailand. The ceremony ordains boys aged 7 to 14 as novices to study Buddhist doctrines, according to the European Pressphoto Agency. (Also see "Pictures: Best News Photos from 2013 World Photo Press Contest.")

—Katia Andreassi, Kate Andries, and Alexis Manning

Photograph by Rungroj Yongrit, European Pressphoto Agency

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