날씨가 한 여름이 되면서 휴가철에 고장에 따라서는 축제 등이 열리며 더위도 잊고 전통을 지켜나가면서 삶을 즐기는 계절이 되었다. 인간은 살고 있는 곳의 지리적 특성과 자연히 형성된 종교관과 문화로 독특한 축제를 가지고 있다. 대부분은 악을 쫓고 복을 비는 샤마니즘의 영향이 대부분이다. 삶의 과정에서 생기는 어려움, 병이나 자연의 재해를 피하기를 원하여 관련된 제사나 의식을 올리며 자연에 순화하고 이웃과의 원만하고 협조적인 관계 형성을 위해 서로 노력하며 외세의 침입을 경계하고 함께 힘을 합하여 더 나은 복지 국가를 수립하는 노력을 한다.
세상의 여러 나라들의 저마다의 전통적인 풍속을 보는 축제를 보며 그들의 삶의 면모를 이해하고 다소 그들의 정서를 알아가는 것도 현대인의 상식의 일부가 되었다.
A group of people dressed as the New Orleans Saints' emblem walk the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans on Feb. 16.
Members of the Krewe of Rex, parade down St. Charles Avenue during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 16.
Celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans
New Orleans Mardi Gras 2011
The carnival parade on Shrove Tuesday, part of the Mardi Gras celebrations in Nice, France. The theme of the 126th carnival of Nice is "King of Blue Planet."
Members of Grande Rio samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 16.
SAMBA CARNAVAL RIO DE JANERIO MUSICA BRASILERA REMIX MIX 2011
Elaborate costumes parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Feb. 16.
A member of the Mondo Kayo Marching Club poses during Mardi Gras, Feb. 16, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The annual Mardi Gras celebration ends at midnight, when the Catholic Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday.
Carnival revelers dressed as "Peliqueiros" run through a street in Spain's northwestern village of Laza Feb. 16. "Peliqueiros," or ancient tax collectors, pursue villagers through the streets ringing their cowbells and hitting villagers with their sticks.
Revelers in Galaxidi, Greece, participate in a "flour war" on Feb.15. The colorful "war" is a tradition marking the end of the carnival season.
Flour War in Galaxidi, Greece
Rival teams pelt each other with oranges during the annual carnival battle in the northern Italian town of Ivrea, Feb. 15. The battle, which every year turns the small town into a mass of fruit-flinging madness, commemorates a local revolt which took place when a medieval count tried to exercise his right to sleep with a newly wedded girl on her wedding night.
Battle of the Oranges - Italy
Revelers of the Beija Flor samba school perform at the Sambadrome during the first night of Rio de Janeiro's famed carnival parades on Feb. 15. An estimated 500,000 to 700,000 foreign tourists are in town to take part, many of them fleeing snowy winter conditions in Europe and the United States.
A reveler of Beija Flor samba school performs at the Sambadrome, Rio de Janeiro on Feb.15, 2010.
A member of Beija Flor samba school performs on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Feb.15. The carnival celebration in Rio one of the largest and best known, attracting millions of tourists.
Members of Imperatriz samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Feb. 15. Carnival festivities begin in the weeks leading up to Lent and culminate on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent begins.
Masked revelers participate in a carnival parade in Luzern, Switzerland, Feb. 15.
Fasnacht Luzern 2011
A dressed up reveler poses during the carnival Rose Monday parade in the western German city of Duesseldorf on Feb.15. Carnival is a tradition stemming from Catholic regions in the west and south of Germany, but it has increasingly been adopted by cities in the north and east.
Rosenmontag Karneval 2011
A carnival float representing U.S. President Barack Obama and Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pulling a Trojan horse participates in the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in the western German city of Cologne Feb.15. The Rose Monday parades in Cologne, Mainz and Duesseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season.
Karneval in Köln 2011 - Rosenmontag Teil 1
Karneval in Köln 2011-Rosenmontag Teil 2
Carnival-goers pass through the centre of Maastricht, Netherlands, on Feb. 14. Due to the snowfall, the floats could not join the traditional parade in Maastricht. The city is know for its street carnival where people dress up in elaborate costumes.
Carnaval 2011, Netherland
A giant clown puppet with a man inside participates in the parade "Mitology of Gods" during the beginning of the carnival season in the city of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico on Feb. 14.
Men masked as Busho cross the Danube by boat, marking the start of the annual Busho Carnival in Mohacs, south of Budapest, Hungary, on Feb. 14. Local carnival tradition here stems from a 16th century attempt to scare away Turkish invaders by putting on bizarrely painted wooden masks and clothes made from sheep fur.
A reveler performs during the traditional carnival of Barranquilla, Colombia on Feb. 14. Barranquilla's festivities are second in size to Rio's and paralyzes the city with street dances, parades and musical masquerades.
The World's Best Carnival - Carnaval de Barranquilla 2011
Carnival revelers participate in a parade on the streets of Ovar, Portugal on Feb.14.
Members of the Salgueiro samba school perform at the Sambadrome during the first night of Rio de Janeiro's famed carnival parades on Feb.14.
The Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school performs at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 14.
Imperatriz 2011 - Samba Oficial
Drum Queen Julia Lira, 7, of the Viradouro samba school cries as she is carried by her father, Viradouro's president Marco Lira, to her position at the start of their contingent in the carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome Feb. 14. Lira's position as the youngest drum corps queen in memory caused controversy as well as tears.
Revelers aboard an Unidos da Tijuca samba school float participate in the first night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Feb. 14.
Revelers of Mocidade Alegre samba school parade as part of Carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Feb 14.
A reveler parades during the flower parade of the 126th edition of the Nice Carnival on Feb. 13 in Nice, France. The carnival celebrates the theme "King of the Blue Planet."
Carnaval de Nice 2011
Spanish pianist David Moreno performs during a concert raised 20 feet above the middle of Mayor Square in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 12, during Madrid's Carnival.
Carnaval 2011 MADRID
A person in a carnival costume and mask poses for a picture in San Marco square in Venice on Feb.7, during the annual Venice Carnival. First recorded in 13th century, the central feature of the festivities is the masks worn by revelers, a subversive act against laws enacted against them.
Carnevale di Venezia 2011