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- Created 2012-02-17
is a festive season which occurs immediately before
; the main events are usually during February. Carnival typically involves a public
combining some elements of a
, mask and public
. People often dress up or
during the celebrations, which mark an overturning of daily life. In
, a second Karneval or Fasching can be begin on 11/11 (often at 11:11 a.m.). This dates back to celebrations before the former longer
season (40 days now reduced to about four weeks), or with harvest celebrations of
St. Martin's Day
Carnival is traditionally held in areas with a large Catholic and to a lesser extent, Eastern Orthodox makeup.
areas usually do not have Carnival celebrations or have modified traditions, such as the
events. Conversely, the
, though a predominantly Roman Catholic country, does not have Carnival celebrations because it has been culturally influenced by neighboring Asian nations, which do not have Carnival celebrations.
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