Colored beads and masks are a ubiquitous presence during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. Photo: Loren Javier

The Cultural Geography of Carnival Celebrations around the World

Carnival is celebrated by hundreds of millions of people in places all over the globe. Read here to see how the unique cultural geography of different places has fused pagan and indigenous rituals with the Christian-based holiday to result in the modern celebrations of 5 very different places on the Earth.