What is it? It is a period of festivitieswhich are ruled by the lunaryear, which was settled in theChristian Middle Ages. The periodwas marked by a time of "farewell tomeat " or "carne vale" giving rise tothe term "carnival". During carnivalthere is a large concentration oftraditional celebrations.
Why? Carnival emerged in theeleventh century amongthe Christian communities.The celebration of variousfestivities occurredon the dayspreceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. From then on a longepoch of deprivation wouldstart, which would end onEaster Day.
How is it celebrated?Carnival is a big festival charactirized by: Confetti Parade s Fun fairs Floats
Where?Carnival is celebrated all overthe world. Most European countriescelebrate Carnival. The biggest parades in theworld take place in Brazil.
When? Carnival is marked by majorfestivals, where people usually eat and drink alot and take part in happy celebrations.Nowadays Carnival is celebrated six weeks beforeEaster.
Carnival in Famalicão The town of Vila Nova de Famalicãois thrilled to live one of the busiest andlongest nights of the year with thecelebration of Carnival. It is one of thebest festivals in the north of thecountry.