Festivals bring people closer... they are a reason for celebrations and are often markers of cultural identities, serving to unite entire countries. Just as often, however, festivals are also about smaller geographical spaces... cities, towns, villages or sometimes even small groups of individuals or families.

Either way, they represent our culture and our tradition.

However, there are some festivals - like La Tomatina in Spain - which can get a little messy! So many people are having so much fun squishing tomatoes that sometimes it really doesn't matter if you are covered from head to toe in tomato splatter! This is not the only one too... there are so many fun festivals around the world that are similarly... extravagant, shall we say, in their displays...

Check out some of the most interesting festivals from around the world...