The Brazilian Carnival is an annual festival in Brazil held 40 days before Easter and marks the beginning of Lent. During Lent, Roman Catholics are supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures, including the consumption of meat. The carnival, celebrated as a profane event and believed to have its origins in the pagan Saturnalia, can thus be considered an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh.
Carnival starts today and ends on this coming Tuesday, known in some places as Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French.
Have you ever been to Carnival in Rio or Mardi Gras?