It’s a white out!

On Carnival Monday the streets of Santa Cruz de La Palma in Spain fill with over 50,000 white-clad revelers and huge clouds of talcum powder in an eccentric celebration known as the Day of the Indians (Día de los Indianos).

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Picture: Indianos la Palma by rosillaescrig, on Flickr

In Spain they throw tomatoes, in Italy its oranges!

You may have heard of La Tomatina, the famous Spanish tomato fight in August, but during the ancient Italian Carnival of Ivrea, in Piedmont, they throw oranges!

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Picture: Oranges by occhiobliquo, on Flickr

Fancy getting yourself into a bit of a sticky situation?

The Catalonian seaside town of Vilanova i La Geltrú is proud of the fact that it defied carnival prohibition under the Franco regime. Over the centuries the locals have retained many bizarre traditions, including sticky food fights involving mountains of meringues and other confectionery, and the bizarre sardine burying ceremony to mark the beginning of Lent.

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Picture: Carnaval 2009 - Vilanova i la Geltrú_v_046 by Karell.Martínez, on Flickr

Its flipping pancake day!

Britain flips pancakes while it seems the rest of the world parties in the street for Carnival, but do you know the origins of Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday) are the same?

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Find out how to make the best Pancakes 

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Golden syrup pancakes with balsamic strawberries.

Its a white out! - wear white and chuck talc!

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On Carnival Monday the streets of Santa Cruz de La Palma in Spain fill with over 50,000 white-clad revelers and huge clouds of talcum powder in an eccentric celebration known as the Day of the Indians (Día de los Indianos).

Picture: Indianos la Palma by rosillaescrig, on Flickr

One kooky Carnival…

Kukeri is a traditional Bulgarian ritual to scare away evil spirits. The dance of these masked men is considered to bring blessings and fertility to the community. The somewhat scary costumes, (the scarier the better to drive evil spirits away) cover most of the body and include decorated wooden masks of animals (sometimes double-faced) and large bells attached to the belt.

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Its definitely a fruity weekend! 

What with the Lemon Festival in Menton and the Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea things could get very sticky indeed.

Photo: Carnevale Ivrea 2009 by kobayashi /paolobaldini, on Flickr

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Shake your booty at Europe’s biggest carnival…

The air is filled with the vibrant sounds of the carnival sound system and the luscious smells of Caribbean cuisine, as miles upon miles of colourful people gyrate their way through the streets passed 1 million carnival revelers. 30 million sequins are sewn on costumes in preparation.

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There’s no carnival to beat a South American carnival!