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Carnival Monday 2019

Public Holiday in more than one country National Holiday in several Latin American countries

Carnival

When is Carnival Monday?

How long until Carnival Monday?
This holiday next takes place in 201 Days.
When is Carnival Monday?
Year Weekday Date
2020 Monday
2019 Monday
2018 Monday
2017 Monday
2016 Monday
Who celebrates Carnival Monday?
Angola Angola
Aruba Aruba
Bolivia Bolivia
Brazil Brazil
Curaçao Curaçao
Dominica Dominica
Ecuador Ecuador
French Guiana French Guiana
Grenada Grenada
Guadeloupe Guadeloupe
Haiti Haiti
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein (Not a public holiday)
Panama Panama
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago (Not a public holiday)
Uruguay Uruguay
Venezuela Venezuela

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 a popular events as they represent a last chance to party and over indulgence 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have been hugely influenced by African settlers - the almost 'hiding away' European custom of wearing masks has been replaced by outgoing colourful and exuberant displays and parades.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 a opportunity for final indulgence before lent itself.

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