02/28/2013 07:38 am ET Updated Apr 30, 2013

14 Extraordinary Festivals Around The World (PHOTOS)

Whether steeped in solemnity or sprung from pure silliness, festivals around the world never cease to intrigue, amaze or, at the very least, entertain. From the ancient to the obscure, this list of festivals around the world shows local color both literally and figuratively. They are as diverse as they are bizarre.

They are also far flung, perfect excuses for hitting the road any time of the year.

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Extraordinary Festivals Around the World