a festival marked by merrymaking and processions
a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment
"it was so funny it was a circus"; "the whole occasion had a carnival atmosphere"
carnival, fair, funfair(noun)
a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.
A festive occasion marked by parades and sometimes special foods and other entertainment
The season just before the beginning of the Roman Catholic season of Lent, when New Orleans has its Mardi Gras carnival.
Origin: From carnival
a festival celebrated with merriment and revelry in Roman Gatholic countries during the week before Lent, esp. at Rome and Naples, during a few days (three to ten) before Lent, ending with Shrove Tuesday
any merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading, especially when overstepping the bounds of decorum; a time of riotous excess
Origin: [It. carnevale, prob. for older carnelevale, prop., the putting away of meat; fr. L. caro, carnis, flesh + levare to take away, lift up, fr. levis light.]
Carnival, Carnaval, or Carnivale is a festive season which occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February. Carnival typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party. People often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations, which mark an overturning of daily life. Carnival is traditionally held in areas with a large Catholic and, to a lesser extent, Eastern Orthodox makeup. Protestant areas usually do not have Carnival celebrations or have modified traditions, such as the Danish Carnival or other Shrove Tuesday events. Conversely, the Philippines, a predominantly Roman Catholic country, does not have Carnival celebrations as they are more culturally influenced by neighboring Asian nations, which do not have Carnival celebrations.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kär′ni-val, n. a feast observed by Roman Catholics just before the fast of Lent: any season of revelry or indulgence: riotous feasting, merriment, or amusement. [It. carnevale—Low L. carnelevarium, apparently from L. carnem levare, to put away flesh.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
in Roman Catholic countries the name given to a season of feasting and revelry immediately preceding Lent, akin to the Saturnalia of the Romans.
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The numerical value of carnival in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of carnival in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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A month before Carnival, that is unheard of.
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We have to explain to people from other cultures that the jolly and frisky attitude during our Carnival is not a sign of sexual openness.
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- carnaval, carnestoltesCatalan, Valencian
- Fastnacht, Fasching, KarnevalGerman
- کارنوال, کارناوالPersian
- कार्निवल, कार्निवालHindi
- farsang, karneválHungarian
- 謝肉祭, カーニバルJapanese
- ყეენობა, კარნავალიGeorgian
- karnevalNorwegian Nynorsk
- karneval, покладе, карневал, pokladeSerbo-Croatian
- các-na-van, hội trá hình, hội hóa trangVietnamese
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