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Macedonia Vevcani Carnival

Costumed revelers participate in a carnival procession through southwestern Macedonia's village of Vevcani, on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Participants through their masks mock political events and perform various pagan rituals. In its fourteen centuries-old tradition, the Vevcani carnival is always held on St. Basilâs day, marking the beginning of the New Year by the Julian calendar. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

Carnival 2014 - Vivacious dancers, kaleidoscopic parades and uber-cool dogs

Carnival, the festive season preceding the season of Lent, is marked by gaiety, celebration and parades. Masquerades, street parties and thumping music characterise the processions as streets turn into spectacles of colour.

Carnival is usually celebrated in places with a Catholic majority with the exception of the Philippines, which has borrowed its rituals mostly from neighbouring Asian countries.

An interesting sidelight of the celebrations every year is in the form of pets decked up in their Carnival best. Who can resist such cuteness?