Carnival Tuesday 2020

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

Carnival parades often include colourful floats. Image: Pixabay

When is Carnival Tuesday?

How long until Carnival Tuesday?
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When is Carnival Tuesday?
Year Weekday Date
2020 Tuesday
2019 Tuesday
2018 Tuesday
2017 Tuesday
2016 Tuesday
Who celebrates Carnival Tuesday?
Angola Angola
Bolivia Bolivia
Brazil Brazil
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

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 shares their excessive nature with similar European celebrationss, where the festivals are a 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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