Carnival in Bonaire in 2020

Carnival in Bonaire in 2020
  How long until Carnival?
This holiday next takes place in 101 days.
  Dates of Carnival in Bonaire
2021 Mon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
2020 Mon, Feb 24Regional Holiday
2019 Mon, Mar 4Regional Holiday
2018 Mon, Feb 12Regional Holiday
  Summary
Karnaval Monday takes place on the Monday before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent
  Carnival in other countries
Carnival internationally
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When is Carnival Monday?

The Carnival is an annual festival held in several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in the days before Ash Wednesday.

The Monday and Tuesday are generally observed as public holidays.

History of Carnival Monday

Carnivals are popular events as they represent the last chance to party and overindulge before the fasting period of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

The tradition of a Carnival in the Americas came with the colonials who arrived from Europe, particularly the Spanish and French. The modern Carnivals in Latin America and the Caribbean have been hugely influenced by African settlers - the almost 'hiding away' European custom of wearing masks has been replaced by outgoing colorful and exuberant displays and parades.

Lent

During the 40 days before Easter, Roman Catholics are supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures, including the consumption of meat. This is intended to remember the fasting of Jesus, who spent 40 days in the desert before beginning his ministry. Indeed, it is proposed by some that the word carnival is derived from the Latin 'Carne Vale' which means a farewell to meat signifying the coming period without meat.

Despite its original religious beginnings, the carnival can hardly be described as a solemn affair, and it shares its excessive nature with similar European celebrations and Mardi Gras, where the festivals are an opportunity for final indulgence before lent itself.

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