The world's biggest carnival takes place in Rio de Janeiro. It begins on 21 February and runs through to Wednesday and traditionally attracts millions of people. But many other street parties and events have taken place worldwide over the past seven days.
Among them, there were the Venice carnival, the 'Geisterzug' carnival procession in Cologne, which included a demonstration for a better climate; a naked festival at Saidaiji Temple in Japan's Okayama; and the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Check out Sputnik's gallery to see the most eye-catching events of the past week.