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1    (=fiesta)   carnival
2      (Rel)   Shrovetide  
martes de carnaval      Shrove Tuesday  
Carnaval is the traditional period of fun, feasting and partying that precedes the start of Lent (Cuaresma). The most important day is probably Shrove Tuesday (Martes de Carnaval), but throughout Carnaval there are fancy-dress parties, parades and firework displays. In some places in Spain, the changeover from Carnaval to Lent on Ash Wednesday is marked by the Entierro de la Sardina. This is a grotesque funeral parade in which the symbolic cardboard figure of a sardine is marched through the streets and finally ceremonially burnt or buried. Although banned under Franco, partly because of the irreverent nature of the activities and partly because of the dangers posed by people wandering around freely in disguise, Carnaval has recently enjoyed a revival in Spain, with Cádiz and Tenerife being particularly well known for their celebrations.  
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Shrove Tuesday
Shrove Tuesday
'carnaval' also found in translations in English-Spanish dictionary
el Martes de Carnaval
el Martes de Carnaval
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"carnaval": examples and translations in context
Sería ingenuo subestimar los efectos de este carnaval. It would be naive to underestimate the effects of this carnival.
Eric me llevará al carnaval hoy. Eric's taking me to the carnival today.
Por cuanto, nuestro carnaval comenzará. For soon, our mardi gras will commence.
Bienvenido a la oficina central del carnaval de Springfield. Welcome to your Springfield Mardi Gras headquarters.
Al menos podemos ver el carnaval. At least we got to see the carnival.
Convirtió nuestra boda en un carnaval sacrílego. He's turned our wedding into a sacrilegious carnival.
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