Carnival 2018 took place this week in locations all over the globe.
From the spectacular to the quaint, Carnival season is a chance for people to welcome in the coming spring and bid goodbye to the long winter.
Most carnival celebrations predate Christianity, but many of them now incorporate associated imagery. Some of the most striking scenes took place in Brazil, where Carnival celebrations are in year-round preparation. Other outstanding events took place in places such as Portugal, Spain, Italy and Bolivia.
The Atlantic published some outstanding photos from the events, some of which are more commonly known than others. Here are some of the best: