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Pre Lenten festivals in the Caribbean and Mexico

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Pre-Lenten festivals, known as Carnival, are celebrated around the world, usually the last celebrations before the fasting days of Lent, ending on Ash Wednesday. They include music, parades, and street parties where people dress up in exotic costumes that are an expression of each country's culture and ethnic background. I choose the festivals in the Caribbean and Mexico, first because they are the ones I am most familiar with and next because of their outgoing exuberance and uniqueness.

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Carnival is believed to have started in Italy, hundreds of years ago, by the Catholics who wanted to have a celebration with music, food, dancing and parades, before the somber days of Lent began. It was named 'Carnevale' because Catholics could not eat meat during this time.

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