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CARNIVAL

A time of merrymaking before Lent; three or four days preceding Ash Wednesday spent in feasting and noisy unrestrained reveling. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration in many places during the time to expiate the sins of excess committed during these carnival times.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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