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Carnaval



Carnaval
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.89

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    burning, humorous, prior, generally, indulge, yolk, bonfire, meaning, throughout, especially, flesh, select, title, beginning, reign, celebration
     content words:    During Lent, Ash Wednesday, Easter Sunday, Many Catholics, Clemencia Isaura Poetry, Carnaval Queen, El Rey Feo, Ugly King, Oppressed Husband, Fat Tuesday


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Carnaval
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Lent is practiced by hundreds of thousands of Christians throughout the world. It is the forty days before Easter. During Lent, Christians, especially Catholics, give up something that gives them pleasure. In today's world, they might give up chocolate, television, soft drinks, or dancing to name a few. The Lenten period begins on Ash Wednesday. It ends on Easter Sunday.
 
2     To prepare them for what they are to give up for Lent, many people indulge themselves before Lent begins. Hispanics have chosen the five days before Lent to celebrate Carnaval. The word carnaval comes from the Latin word meaning "getting rid of the flesh." Many Catholics give up eating meat during Lent, especially on Fridays.
 
3     Huge parties, balls, parades, and fireworks displays are held in many countries during the five days prior to Lent. Perhaps the largest Hispanic celebration is held in Mazatlán in Mexico. It is believed that well over 300,000 people come to Mazatlan to join in the fun. The people dress in costumes and parade through town. Many throw cascarones. These are eggshells which have been emptied of the egg yolk and white. The shells are dried and then filled with confetti. When thrown at each other, they explode on contact. The confetti flies into the air.

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