From the largest annual tomato fight in Spain, to Scotland's "Up Helly-Aa" fire festival,
a look at those special days when people around the world go slightly nuts
Shetland Islands, Scotland: "Up Helly-Aa" Fire Festival
A tribute to the islands' Viking Past, Up Helly-Aa ("End of the Holy Days")
culminates with the burning of a 32-ft. Replica of a Viking longship.
Bobr, Belarus: Ivana Kupala Night
On the night of this pagan festival, celebrated on July 7,
the Gregorian summer solstice, young women don wreathes and celebrants
jump through fire and swim naked.
The rites are connected to ancient beliefs about fertility and autopurification.
New Delhi, India: Holi, the Festival of Colors
Indian girls throw gulal (colored powder) on each other
during a Hindi holiday which marks the onset of spring.