Carnival celebrations are renowned the world over, and are viewed as times to have fun without much care. For the tourists lucky enough to catch the party, it is a time to get to know the local traditions, and enjoy the photogenic entertainment that comes with it. Coming from the Latin word “carne vale” which means “doing away with meat,” some say that carnivals are the last days to eat meat before the fasting that comes with Lent. However, most might not appreciate the idea that the debauchery that comes with carnivals may be tied to religion. The early church, in an effort to gain more followers, incorporated pagan practices with the goal of having the non-followers feast and get sinning out of the way, before joining the church’s 40 day repenting period.