The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico is the world's largest hot air ballooning event. For nine days during the first full week of October, hundreds of colorful balloons float above the city each morning.

Throw tomatoes at La Tomatina. La Tomatina is an awesome annual festival that takes place in the town of Bunol, Spain on the last weekend of August.

Throw tomatoes at the Annual Tomato Fight. La Tomatina is an awesome annual festival that takes place in the town of Bunol, Spain on the last weekend of August.

Se celebra La Tomatina en Spain. Es el veintiocho de augusto. La celebración es sobre parada de "el menor conejo". En el parada comenzar desde a luchar.

Spain’s La Tomatina festival celebrates all things tomato in the ultimate tomato-throwing festival held this day annually. Sounds like fun, but at Rosella, we prefer to put our tomatoes in our sauce. Image courtesy of Suzie Dsouza.

Ayutthaya, Thailand — Elephants splash water to celebrate Songkran or the Thai traditional New Year festival, in the ancient city of Ayutthaya. The annual elephant Songkran is held to promote the tourism industry and is celebrated prior to the three-day Songkran Festival also known as the water festival, which is held from April 13-15.  PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARONG SANGNAK / EPA

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Elephants splash water to celebrate Songkran, a traditional New Year festival, at the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Thailand

March 16th + 17th - St. Patricks Day Parade, Dublin, Ireland * Dubliners turn out in force every March 17 for the St. Patrick's Day Parade, honoring Ireland's beloved patron saint.  Drill teams, floats, and delegations from around the world take part, and the accompanying festival lasts for 5 days.

Bucket List: Visit for St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland. (Spring 2012 I visited Shamrock, TX for their St Patrick's Day Parade- I have a feeling Dublin's might be cooler!

Finnish Santa Claus dressed in a traditional costume. Rovaniemi, Finland. http://d2tq98mqfjyz2l.cloudfront.net/image_cache/1379397210578268_tall.jpg

Santa Claus, dressed in a traditional Finnish costume, totes a bag of toys in Rovaniemi, Finland. ~~~ although this says "traditional Finnish costume", the Joulupukki I grew up knowing was dressed in dark colours.

Every February in the Italian village of Ivrea, participants of the local Carnival engage in the annual “Orange Battle”. The battle commemorates a popular rebellion against a local tyrant dating back to 1266 A.D.

Orange fighting in Ivrea, Italy - in pictures

In Ivrea town, Italy, Orange Battle has been celebrated since the century. The orange battles stand for a mutiny not in favor of feudal lords waged in One more story explains this festiv.

Junkanoo dancers performing at the resort: Junkanoo is a native festival that has its origins in the bahamas. The largest shows can be seen on Dec 26th & Jan 1st downtown

Junkanoo dancers performing at the resort: Junkanoo is a native festival that has its origins in the bahamas. The largest shows can be seen on Dec & Jan downtown

85 Years of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Pictures | The Daily Meal

85 Years of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Pictures

Spreading the warmth of the holiday season on streets across the United States is a Thanksgiving tradition.

Full Moon Party!!!  Can we all please direct our eyes to the bottom left quadrant of the picture, where a girl is straddling one man and is being groped from behind by a second man, haha!!!

Crazy Full Moon Facts The Full Moon Party~Once a month, a full moon party erupts on the beaches of beach at Koh Phangan in Thailand where thousands of party goers dance until dawn.

A huge feast for monkeys at a festival in Thailand [18 pictures]    Yearly, in the Thai city of Lopburi, a festival is held that includes setting tables with tons of fruit and vegetables for the town’s monkey population — numbering in the thousands — to come and consume.     The practice is motivated by a combination of both ancient myth and current tourism…

A huge feast for monkeys at a festival in Thailand [18 pictures]

50 GREATEST FESTIVALS IN THE WORLD. Monkey Buffet Festival, Lopburi, Thailand: end of November The point of this festival is to give fruits and vegetables to monkeys and attract tourism.

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