Carnival Monday around the world in 2021

Carnival Monday around the world in 2021

  How long until Carnival Monday?
This holiday next takes place in 139 days.
  Dates of Carnival Monday around the world
2022 Various Feb 28
ArubaMon, Feb 28National Holiday
BoliviaMon, Feb 28National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaMon, Feb 28Regional Holiday
CuraçaoMon, Feb 28National Holiday
DominicaMon, Feb 28National Holiday
EcuadorMon, Feb 28National Holiday
French GuianaMon, Feb 28National Holiday
GuadeloupeMon, Feb 28National Holiday
PanamaMon, Feb 28National Holiday
UruguayMon, Feb 28National Holiday
VenezuelaMon, Feb 28National Holiday
2021 Various Feb 15
ArubaMon, Feb 15National Holiday
BoliviaMon, Feb 15National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
CuraçaoMon, Feb 15National Holiday
DominicaMon, Feb 15National Holiday
EcuadorMon, Feb 15National Holiday
French GuianaMon, Feb 15National Holiday
GuadeloupeMon, Feb 15National Holiday
PanamaMon, Feb 15National Holiday
UruguayMon, Feb 15National Holiday
VenezuelaMon, Feb 15National Holiday
2020 Various Feb 24
ArubaMon, Feb 24National Holiday
BoliviaMon, Feb 24National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaMon, Feb 24Regional Holiday
CuraçaoMon, Feb 24National Holiday
DominicaMon, Feb 24National Holiday
EcuadorMon, Feb 24National Holiday
French GuianaMon, Feb 24National Holiday
GuadeloupeMon, Feb 24National Holiday
PanamaMon, Feb 24National Holiday
UruguayMon, Feb 24National Holiday
VenezuelaMon, Feb 24National Holiday
2019 Various Mar 4
ArubaMon, Mar 4National Holiday
BoliviaMon, Mar 4National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaMon, Mar 4Regional Holiday
CuraçaoMon, Mar 4National Holiday
DominicaMon, Mar 4National Holiday
EcuadorMon, Mar 4National Holiday
French GuianaMon, Mar 4National Holiday
GuadeloupeMon, Mar 4National Holiday
PanamaMon, Mar 4National Holiday
UruguayMon, Mar 4National Holiday
VenezuelaMon, Mar 4National Holiday
2018 Various Feb 12
ArubaMon, Feb 12National Holiday
BoliviaMon, Feb 12National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaMon, Feb 12Regional Holiday
CuraçaoMon, Feb 12National Holiday
DominicaMon, Feb 12National Holiday
EcuadorMon, Feb 12National Holiday
French GuianaMon, Feb 12National Holiday
GuadeloupeMon, Feb 12National Holiday
PanamaMon, Feb 12National Holiday
UruguayMon, Feb 12National Holiday
VenezuelaMon, Feb 12National Holiday
  Summary
The Carnival is an annual festival held in several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in the days before Ash Wednesday
  Which countries observe Carnival Monday in 2021?
  ArubaFeb 15National Holiday
  BoliviaFeb 15National Holiday
  Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaFeb 15Regional Holiday
  CuraçaoFeb 15National Holiday
  DominicaFeb 15National Holiday
  EcuadorFeb 15National Holiday
  French GuianaFeb 15National Holiday
  GuadeloupeFeb 15National Holiday
  PanamaFeb 15National Holiday
  UruguayFeb 15National Holiday
  VenezuelaFeb 15National Holiday
Related holidays

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. These new settlers needed a workforce, which was supplied by slaves brought from Africa.

Despite the hardships endured by the slaves, they also brought festival customs of their own. The carnival celebrations were an opportunity that the slaves used to observe their own festivals as a way of maintaining their identity and expressing their beliefs.

Over time these African customs fused with the European carnival traditions to give rise to the more colourful and exuberant displays and parades that today brighten up the streets of many parts of the Latin America and the Caribbean.

Did you know?

On the island of Montserrat, the European settlers were mainly Irish, so instead of celebrating Carnival, St. Patrick's Day is the spring festival of choice.

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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