One of the most expected dates of the Brazilian year is just around the corner: Carnaval!
As you may already know, this is not a original Brazilian tradition. Its "invention" comes from the 11th century, when the Roman Catholic church established the Holy Week. The decree required that followers observed a forty-day period of fast and penitence -- Lent -- as a preparation for the Easter celebrations. What became known as "Ash Wednesday" marks the beginning of Lent; and, the days that precede it were considered as a great opportunity to feast on meat ("carne"): Carnaval!