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Combustible Carnivals


The Big Picture has a collection of 22 photographs of European festivals that are built around fire. Stand back, and be sure to wear your flame-retardent pajamas!

Today, we have two stories of fiery festivals in Europe, Up Helly Aa, a fire festival celebrated for over 130 years now in Scotland's Shetland islands, and the even older Feast of Saint Anthony the Great, in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, where residents ride their horses and mules through purifying bonfires.


(image credit: AP/Danny Lawson (left) and Daniel Ochoa de Olza (right))

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