02/25/2014 03:18 pm ET Updated Apr 26, 2014

Top 10 Carnival Traditions

If you were ever after a reason to party, Carnival season is it!

With roots in the Christian celebrations leading up to Lent, a time of fasting and restraint, this is the time of year to let loose.

Celebrated the world over, each country and region has developed its own unique carnival rituals and traditions -- everything from food fights, glitzy trinkets, over-the-top costumes and mysterious masks.

Here are's 10 favorite from around the world...

Top 10 Carnival traditions