All the world's a Carnival
Tracing the festivities from Rio to Goa in pictures
- Published 26.02.20, 7:06 PM
- Updated 27.02.20, 6:04 PM
- a min read
Carnival is celebrated all over the world, predominantly in Roman Catholic countries, and is the final period of celebration where people feast and confess in preparation of the spiritual rigors of Lent.
Lent is the 40-day period of fasting and abstinence, when Christians around the world prepare to mark Easter, the remembrance of Jesus’ death. Carnival, or carne vale ("farewell to meat") celebrations traditionally precede Lent, and are seen as a last opportunity for excess before the solemn period begins.
The origins of the Carnival date back to ancient Romans and the Greeks. The traditions have been celebrated for centuries as a festival to drive away demons to celebrate the end of winter and the rites of spring.
Here are some scenes of this year’s Carnival celebrations from across the globe:
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