Carnival Tuesday in Portugal in 2020

Carnival Tuesday in Portugal in 2020
  How long until Carnival Tuesday?
This holiday next takes place in 219 days.
  Dates of Carnival Tuesday in Portugal
2021Portugal Tue, Feb 16Not A Public Holiday
2020Portugal Tue, Feb 25Not A Public Holiday
2019Portugal Tue, Mar 5Not A Public Holiday
2018Portugal Tue, Feb 13Not A Public 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
  Local name
Carnaval
  Carnival Tuesday in other countries
Carnival Tuesday internationally
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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.

Carnival Tuesday in Portugal

Today is the pinnacle of Portugal’s annual carnival celebrations, with parades taking place across the country.

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