Pictures: Carnival around the world
Carnival season technically begins on Jan. 6, also known as Twelfth Night and runs through Mardi Gras, which falls on Feb. 9, 2016, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Big celebrations around the world usually occur in those final two weeks, but some happen earlier.
Carnival around the world - Spain
A man disguised as "Intxixu" takes part in the ancient carnival of Oiartzun on January 31, 2016. "Intxixuak" come from the mountains wearing sheepskins and big horns and appear at the main square of Oiartzun dancing and jumping around a bonfire.