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Mexico Celebrates Carnaval

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Burning Of Bad Humor  The pre Lenten festivities are started with the burning of the effigy
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Mexico's Carnival:

Throughout the Catholic world Carnival is a big celebration with the purpose of getting all the craziness out of people's systems so they'll be ready for the solemnity of Lent. Mexico is no exception and Carnival celebrations in Mexico are some of the most exuberant you'll find anywhere.

Carnival Dates:

Carnival is held the week prior to Ash Wednesday. Just as the dates for Easter vary from year to year, so do the dates for Carnaval. Find out when Carnaval is celebrated.

Carnival Festivities:

Though celebrations vary by destination, the biggest Carnivals usually begin with the Quema del Mal Humor, or burning of ill humor. This is usually an effigy of an unpopular political figure and the burning symbolically represents leaving behind everyday worries and concerns so that the merriment can begin. This kicks off the festivities which include the crowning of a Carnival Queen, and the King - sometimes referred to as the Rey Feo, or "Ugly King." There are parades, live entertainment, dances, and carnival games.

Festivities end on Mardi Gras, "Fat Tuesday," or Martes de Carnaval, when another effigy is burned, this one called "Juan Carnaval," which represents all the wanton revelry associated with Carnival. This marks the end of the debauchery and return to temperance. On Ash Wednesday folks will go to church to receive ashes and the abstinence of Lent will begin.

Where to Celebrate Carnival:

The biggest Carnaval celebrations take place in Veracruz and Mazatlan, but other celebrations take place throughout the country. See our list of the top places to celebrate Carnival in Mexico.

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