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A man covers his face in oil and soot as he gets ready to start the carnival festival in the small village of Luzon, Spain, Saturday, March 1, 2014. Preserved records from the 14th century document Luzon's carnival, but the real origin of the tradition could be much older. Carnival festivals are celebrated in their own way around hundreds of villages in Spain.

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A man covers his face in oil and soot as he gets ready to start the carnival festival in the small village of Luzon, Spain, Saturday, March 1, 2014. Preserved records from the 14th century document Luzon's carnival, but the real origin of the tradition could be much older. Carnival festivals are celebrated in their own way around hundreds of villages in Spain.