Carnival Tuesday around the world in 2021

Carnival Tuesday around the world in 2021

  Dates of Carnival Tuesday around the world
2022 Various Mar 1
AndorraTue, Mar 1National Holiday
AngolaTue, Mar 1National Holiday
BoliviaTue, Mar 1National Holiday
DominicaTue, Mar 1National Holiday
EcuadorTue, Mar 1National Holiday
French GuianaTue, Mar 1National Holiday
GuadeloupeTue, Mar 1National Holiday
HaitiTue, Mar 1National Holiday
LiechtensteinTue, Mar 1Not A Public Holiday
PanamaTue, Mar 1National Holiday
PortugalTue, Mar 1Not A Public Holiday
UruguayTue, Mar 1National Holiday
VenezuelaTue, Mar 1National Holiday
2021 Various Feb 16
AndorraTue, Feb 16National Holiday
AngolaTue, Feb 16National Holiday
BoliviaTue, Feb 16National Holiday
DominicaTue, Feb 16National Holiday
EcuadorTue, Feb 16National Holiday
French GuianaTue, Feb 16National Holiday
GuadeloupeTue, Feb 16National Holiday
HaitiTue, Feb 16National Holiday
LiechtensteinTue, Feb 16Not A Public Holiday
PanamaTue, Feb 16National Holiday
PortugalTue, Feb 16Not A Public Holiday
UruguayTue, Feb 16National Holiday
VenezuelaTue, Feb 16National Holiday
2020 Various Feb 25
AndorraTue, Feb 25National Holiday
AngolaTue, Feb 25National Holiday
BoliviaTue, Feb 25National Holiday
DominicaTue, Feb 25National Holiday
EcuadorTue, Feb 25National Holiday
French GuianaTue, Feb 25National Holiday
GuadeloupeTue, Feb 25National Holiday
HaitiTue, Feb 25National Holiday
LiechtensteinTue, Feb 25Not A Public Holiday
PanamaTue, Feb 25National Holiday
PortugalTue, Feb 25Not A Public Holiday
UruguayTue, Feb 25National Holiday
VenezuelaTue, Feb 25National Holiday
2019 Various Mar 4, Mar 5
AndorraMon, Mar 4National Holiday
AngolaTue, Mar 5National Holiday
BoliviaTue, Mar 5National Holiday
DominicaTue, Mar 5National Holiday
EcuadorTue, Mar 5National Holiday
French GuianaTue, Mar 5National Holiday
GuadeloupeTue, Mar 5National Holiday
HaitiTue, Mar 5National Holiday
LiechtensteinTue, Mar 5Not A Public Holiday
PanamaTue, Mar 5National Holiday
PortugalTue, Mar 5Not A Public Holiday
UruguayTue, Mar 5National Holiday
VenezuelaTue, Mar 5National Holiday
2018 Various Feb 12, Feb 13
AndorraMon, Feb 12National Holiday
AngolaTue, Feb 13National Holiday
BoliviaTue, Feb 13National Holiday
DominicaTue, Feb 13National Holiday
EcuadorTue, Feb 13National Holiday
French GuianaTue, Feb 13National Holiday
GuadeloupeTue, Feb 13National Holiday
HaitiTue, Feb 13National Holiday
LiechtensteinTue, Feb 13Not A Public Holiday
PanamaTue, Feb 13National Holiday
PortugalTue, Feb 13Not A Public Holiday
UruguayTue, Feb 13National Holiday
VenezuelaTue, Feb 13National Holiday
  Summary
Carnival Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent
  Which countries observe Carnival Tuesday in 2021?
  AndorraFeb 16National Holiday
  AngolaFeb 16National Holiday
  BoliviaFeb 16National Holiday
  DominicaFeb 16National Holiday
  EcuadorFeb 16National Holiday
  French GuianaFeb 16National Holiday
  GuadeloupeFeb 16National Holiday
  HaitiFeb 16National Holiday
  LiechtensteinFeb 16Not A Public Holiday
  PanamaFeb 16National Holiday
  PortugalFeb 16Not A Public Holiday
  UruguayFeb 16National Holiday
  VenezuelaFeb 16National Holiday
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When is Carnival Tuesday?

Carnival Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, the 40 day period that precedes Easter.

As the date of Easter changes each year so does the date of Carnival Tuesday. The earliest date Carnival Tuesday can be is Tuesday 3 February and the latest date is Tuesday 9 March.

In some parts of Europe, the Tuesday before Lent is known as 'Shrove Tuesday', shrove being an old word for confessing - a day to cleanse the soul before 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, modern carnivals can hardly be described as solemn affairs, and the Latin American and Caribbean festivals share their excessive nature with similar European celebrations, where the festivals are an opportunity for final indulgence before lent itself - even though nowadays not many of the attendees to the carnivals will give up as much for Lent as their more religious ancestors did.

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