(CNN) — Ash Wednesday is just days away (Wednesday, March 6). So you know what that means.
It’s Carnival time around the world as people, most particularly folks in areas with strong Roman Catholic traditions, get their party on before the more solemn, introspective days of Lent commence.
Venice, Italy, draws huge crowds annually with its fancy balls, masked celebrants and parade boats plying the canals.
And the wild times at Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) in New Orleans, Louisiana, are the stuff of legends.
Just as parties tend to get chaotic at times, there’s no global standard for when Carnival begins.