With Carnival here and Mardi Gras right around the corner you might be wondering how a religious holiday could be so fun.
Turns out, Carnival isn't the only wild religious celebration out there. Unlike some of the more sober observances, these religious "party" holidays encourage the uninhibited revelry that spiritual experience can induce.
Which religious holidays do you have the most fun celebrating? Here are some of our favorites, arranged by their 2014 dates:
Click through the slideshow to see a pictorial religious calendar for 2014 with photographs of celebrations of the world's numerous beautiful and sacred holidays: