Getting out and getting dirty in the summertime can make for some good, clean fun. Between mud festivals, mud races, mud bathing, "tough guy" competitions, and outdoor religious ceremonies, people all around the world have recently been finding great reasons to go outside and feel the earth between their toes. Collected here are a few images from our muddy world.
A competitor celebrates his team's victory in a swamp football match in a man-made mud pool in Beijing, China, on July 15, 2012.
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A goalkeeper stands guardduring a match of swamp football in a man-made mud pool in Beijing, on July 15, 2012.
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Tourists play in the mud during the 15th annual mud festival on Daecheon Beach in Boryeong, South Korea, on July 15, 2012. The festival features mud wrestling, mud sliding and a mud king contest.
(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Jason Glass of Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick, after running in the Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon finals at the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo in Calgary, Alberta, on July 15, 2012.
Visitors watch massive plumes of muddy water being released from the Xiaolangdi dam to clear up the sediment-laden Yellow river and to prevent localized flooding, in Jiyuan, Henan province, China, on July 6, 2012. China is hit by big downpours every summer often causing fatalities as seen in 2010, which saw the nation's worst flooding in a decade leaving more than 4,300 people dead or missing.
Mud flies in front of a competitor as he swims through mud underneath electrified wires during the Tough Mudder at Mt. Snow in West Dover, Vermont, on July 15, 2012. The Tough Mudder is a nine mile endurance event which runs competitors through a military style obstacle course complete with mud, water and fire.
Kellan Clegg (right), age 9, of Livonia, Michigan, covered in mud by his friends while playing in a giant lake of mud at the 25th annual "Mud Day" in Westland, Michigan, on July 10, 2012. The event, which features a 75' by 150' pit filled with 20,000 gallons of water and 200 tons of topsoil, draws about a thousand children each year.
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A Filipino Catholic devotee, soaked in mud and wrapped in banana leaves, attends a mass to celebrate the Feast of Saint John The Baptist at Bibiclat village, Aliaga township, Nueva Ecija province in northern Philippines, on Sunday, June 24, 2012. Traditionally the Feast of St. John The Baptist is celebrated in this predominantly Roman Catholic nation in Asia by dousing unwary people with water but in this sleepy village of Bibiclat, the residents soak themselves in muddy rice fields and don banana leaves instead. The unique celebration has become a tourist attraction.
(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)