Welcome to Carnival!

February 24, 2009

The origin of the name “carnival” is disputed. According to one theory, it comes from the Greek prefix carn (“Meat eater”), referring to a cart in a religious parade, such as a cart in a religious procession at the annual festivities in honor of the god Apollo. Other sources, however, suggest that the name comes from the Italian carne levare or similar, meaning “to remove meat”, since meat is prohibited during Lent. Another theory states that the word comes from the Late Latin expression carne vale, which means “farewell to meat”, signifying that those were the last days when one could eat meat before the fasting of Lent. Yet another translation depicts carne vale as “a farewell to the flesh”, a phrase embraced by certain carnival celebrations that encourage letting go of your former (or everyday) self and embracing the carefree nature of the festival. (Wikipedia)

Carnival in England:


Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day) is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it’s the last day before Lent. Throughout the United Kingdom, and in other countries too, people indulge themselves on foods that traditionally aren’t allowed during Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.


 Click HERE for a Pancake Recipe



Carnival in the USA:


While Mardi Gras in the United States is not observed nationally across the countmardi-grasry, a number of cities and regions in the U.S. have notable celebrations. Because of the French colonial history of the settlements, the earliest celebrations occurred in Mobile (Alabama), Biloxi (Mississippi) and New Orleans (Louisiana), which have each developed separate traditions. In addition, modern activities generally vary from city to city across the USA. (Wikipedia)






Well, I teach in Carregal do Sal, but I live in Mealhada, home of one of the most famous Portuguese Carnivals.






 And you? Tell me something about the way you celebrate Carnival in your region.



  1. Oi stora, estas fotos estão muito fofas e queridas.
    Já fiz o meu texto e já mandei para o seu mail.
    Depois venho ver ao blogue e quando puder mando a foto…
    Uma pergunta, se não for pedir muito, diga-me o que é para levar para o clube de quarta a uma semana.
    Beijocas da sua aluna Maria Miguel.

    • Olá Maria Miguel,

      Já vi o teu texto e já o corrigi. Só não o coloco já no blogue, porque é para dar tempo para lerem o post de hoje.

      Para quarta preciso que leves o teu trabalho da Louisa May Alcott, porque vamos fazer a exposição. Tenho também de ver as vossas frases sobre o Teatro e corrigi-las, ou recebê-las se já estiverem prontas.

      E tenho mais umas ideias, mas fica para depois… 😉

      A professora,
      Celeste Simões

  2. Olá stora, eu adorei estas fotos, estão muito lindas.

    • Obrigada, Helena.

      Se clicares nas fotos podes vê-las em tamanho maior e ter acesso ao site de onde as retirei.

      A professora,
      Celeste Simões

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