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The word CARNIVAL comes from the Late Latin expression carne vale, which means
 "farewell to meat", signifying that those were the last days when one could eat meat before
the fasting of Lent.
The Carnival season kicks off with the Epiphany, also known as Twelfth
 Night, Three Kings' Day and, in the Eastern churches, Theophany. Epiphany, which falls
 on January 6, 12 days after Christmas, celebrates the visit of the Wise Men bearing gifts
for the infant Jesus. In cultures that celebrate Carnival, Epiphany kicks off a series of
parties leading up to Mardi Gras.

Shrove Tuesday
Mardi Gras is also known as Shrove Tuesday (from "to shrive," or hear confessions),
Pancake Tuesday and fetter Dienstag. The custom of making pancakes comes from
the need to use up fat, eggs and dairy before the fasting and abstinence of Lent begins.

Find out about Shrove Tuesday from BBC

Kids caread about Shrove Tuesday here or here.
Play a pancake tossing game online.

Try a word search for Shrove Tuesday.

Mardi Gras is French for Greasy or Fat Tuesday.

Find out about Kings' Cake  and try a simple recipe.

And you might like to try an online jigsaw puzzle from JigZone 1 2 3

Burying the Alleluia
End your celebrations by burying the "Alleluia" as Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten season.

Have you thought about burying the Alleluia and the Easter egg as connected?