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Crazy, sexy, muddy: Carnival's dirtiest party pics

Crazy, sexy, muddy: Carnival's dirtiest party pics

The annual mud bath known as J'ouvert at Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago has just ended -- we've got the pics
Hom Strom: Switzerland's 'Wicker Man' on Ice

Hom Strom: Switzerland's 'Wicker Man' on Ice

Fiery Swiss festival in isolated sun-forsaken mountain valley recalls a mystic pagan past
10 reasons to experience the mind-blowing AfrikaBurn festival

10 reasons to experience the mind-blowing AfrikaBurn festival

South Africa’s answer to Burning Man is a surreal mirage of sculptures, music and mayhem under star-filled desert skies
Songkran Festival: World's biggest water fight

Songkran Festival: World's biggest water fight

Thailand kicks off its most popular festival over the weekend; death toll alarmingly high due to drunk driving accidents
Gallery: Spain's bizarre annual fire festival

Gallery: Spain's bizarre annual fire festival

The citizens of Valencia painstakingly create sculptures year round, then burn them all up in a blaze of city fires
Blazing barrels: The UK's spectacular festivals of fire

Blazing barrels: The UK's spectacular festivals of fire

They've been doing it for centuries, but that doesn't make carrying barrels of fire through English towns any less crazy to watch
Gallery: 1,000 'Vikings' descend on Europe's biggest fire festival

Gallery: 1,000 'Vikings' descend on Europe's biggest fire festival

The Up Helly Aa celebration proves that where's there's smoke, there could be a horde of dressed up, torch-carrying Scots close behind
Gallery: Spectacular camel and falcon competition in Abu Dhabi showcases Bedouin culture

Gallery: Spectacular camel and falcon competition in Abu Dhabi showcases Bedouin culture

Al Dhafra heritage festival draws record turnout, awards millions of dollars worth of prizes
Gallery: Spectacular art at Austria's Bodypaint City

Gallery: Spectacular art at Austria's Bodypaint City

30,000 visitors watch artists from 44 countries compete at Annual World Bodypainting Festival
Barbados' Crop Over festival celebrates island's saucy spirit

Barbados' Crop Over festival celebrates island's saucy spirit

The Caribbean's hot summertime fiesta may have just wrapped, but we're still reveling in the color burst
When glamor and mud collide: A match made in Glastonbury

When glamor and mud collide: A match made in Glastonbury

Every year for one weekend in June, a little city with a party-loving populace of 200,000 people pops-up on a dairy farm in Somerset, south-west England. Welcome to Glastonbury Festival