The Chinese ensure good luck each year by hanging red paper with the Chinese character for happiness on their doors during the Chinese New Year celebration. They believe the symbol and the color red bring good fortune.
From brilliant masks to bared flesh, Carnival is the last Catholic indulgence before Lent. Bolivia's 'Devil's Carnival' includes a mile-long parade of dancers dressed as devils.
More than 200,000 people and 30,000 camels descend upon Pushkar, India, each November. The Pushkar Camel Fair, the world's largest festival of its kind, is a mad convention of trading, sport, entertainment, and crafts.
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Mexico decorates with some sinister-looking trinkets for Día de Los Muertos, or 'Day of the Dead.' The Nahua people started the festival over 3,000 years ago, believing that life was a dream, and only in death did the soul truly awake.
Love and large, colorful balls (hung to scare evil spirits) pervade Japan during August's Star Festival, or Tanabata Matsuri. For one night, Japanese express feelings of love, and young lovers may spend time alone together.
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One of the Bahamas' most lively festivals, Goombay carries on throughout the summer months. Unique Bahamian beats, dancers in elaborate costumes, and goatskin drummers are part of the weekly events stirring up Nassau's Bay Street.
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New Mexico's October heavens become a spectrum of color as the world-renowned Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta plays host to more than 600 hot-air balloons, viewed by as many as 800,000 rapt spectators.