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Carnival in Spain


Banned during the Franco years, Carnaval is now undergoing a new popularity in Spain

Carnival, that explosion of colour, music and celebration which takes place just before Lent, is believed to owe its origins to the pagan festivals which were held by the Romans to celebrate the end of the harsh winter and welcome in the Spring. There are a number of theories as to the origins of the name itself: from the ‘carrus navalis,’ a wheeled boat which was used to carry the high priest of the god of wine, Bacchus, or from the Latin ‘carne vale,’ farewell to meat.

Source: typicallyspanish.com

Vocabulary:

to ban -

to undergo -

to owe -

to hold (a festival) -


harsh (adj) -

to welcome in -

a priest -

farewell -

Lent -

as far as sb/stg is concerned -

trading links -

to carry on -

ahead of sb/stg -

a choir -

a heat -

to back (a group, singer) -

to make up (a group) -


to beat (sticks) -


an aim -

to herald -

sea urchins -

oysters -

to come along -

to witness -


a rehearsal -


packed full -

bedecked -

to mar -

to complain -


to whistle -


to boo -

a mourner -


a nun -

to mock -

grief (n) / to grieve -

to wail -

a widow -

(men) in drag -


Are you doing anything for Carnival this year? Have you ever been to Cadiz or Tenerife during the Carnival period? Have you ever dressed up for a Carnival party?

Comments

Anonymous said…
Hello Graham:

I agree with you. Bacchus, the god of wine and drunkness, was son of Iuppiter. In Roma, Iuppiter had all supreme power, he was the ray. In the mythology of all old people there are personifications or the powers of a wine and the vine. In the greek mythology it is Dionisos, son of the Zeus, he was riding a panter and he was runing across the world madly and condemning to death everyone doesn´t worhip him.

Like you say, I think the Carnival is from the Latin "carnalis vale". Carnalis means in Spanish "carnal" and vale means in Spanish "que sigas bien, pásalo bien, ¡adios! and it coincides with the English word "farewell" that means in Spanish "despedida, ¡adios!"

During the dictator Franco don´t you believe everything was banned, no, because the loyalist, of course, could do carnival and everithing he wanted, but the rest couldn´t it.

See you soon.

José.
Lucía said…
Hi, Graham!

I haven’t written in blog two weeks ago.

I have read the article about Spain’s carnavales. When I was joung I never could hear nothing about the Spain’s carnavales. That was the Franco Era and these celebrations banned in Spain. Nowadays I live in the neighbourhood where takes place the Entierro de la Sardina. The Sardina is paraded through my street, afterthat is buryed in a bing park near my home “Casa de Campo” . The celebration has degenerated, when the party was celebrated in 1977 there was many people but now there aren-t a lot of people.

I see you this thuesday.

I have never been to Cadiz or Tenerife during the carnival
celebrations, I don't like crowded place.
I dressep up for a Carnival in 1985 but i can't remember my dress I was "hanglegs"
Graham said…
José, you impress me with your knowledge of the Gods. I'm sure the Archbishop of Granada would be too. LOL


Bacchus, the god of wine and drunkness, was son of Iuppiter (Jupiter). In Roma, Iuppiter had ABSOLUTE power, he was KING. In the mythology of all ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS there are personifications or the powers of wine and the vine. In Greek mythology it is Dionisos, son of the Zeus, he was riding a panther and he was RUNNING across the world madly and condemning to death ANYONE WHO DIDN'T worhip him.


During the DICTATORSHIP OF Franco DON'T believe everything was banned, no, because the loyalists, of course, could CELEBRATE carnival and everything he wanted, but the rest couldn´t.



Do you celebrate Carnival now that it is no longer banned?
Graham said…
Lucía,

Just when I thought I was the nearing the end of my corrections here, UP you POP! LOL

If you don't mind, I'll reply properly tomorrow.

BTW you still haven't joined me on Facebook.
Anonymous said…
Hi Lucía and Graham:

The burial of sardine (it does say like this, Graham?) as Lucía says, celebrates now. In Madrid, I think, the Council does a representation and all schools order to schoolchildren dressing up. In the village where I was born, the schoolchildren were painter, in the face, with a burned wood. In this village, almost neighbours (only men) got drunk, but everyone can´t speak about the politicians.

See you tomorrow. José.
Graham said…
Hi Lucía,

Did you see how some of the words from this post CAME UP in class today? "ban", "harsh" and "nun".

The more you read, the more words you recognize and eventually are able to use.



I haven’t written in THE blog FOR TWO WEEKS ("two weeks ago" is a past time expression, so we use it with the Past Tense)

I have read the article about carnivals in Spain. When I was YOUNG I COULD NEVER hear ANYTHING about the carnivals in Spain. That was the Franco era and these celebrations WERE BANNED in Spain.

Nowadays I live in the neighbourhood where the Entierro de la Sardina TAKES PLACE. The Sardina is paraded DOWN my street, after that IT is BURIED in a big park near my home - “Casa de Campo” . The celebration has GOT SMALLER AND SMALLER; when the EVENT was celebrated in 1977 there WERE many PEOPLE but now there aren't SO MANY.

I see you this thuesday. (Tuesday / Thursday!!)

I have never been to Cadiz or Tenerife during the carnival
celebrations, I don't like crowded PLACES.

I dressed up for a Carnival in 1985 but I can't remember WHAT I WORE. I was "hanglegs" - I haven't got a clue what that could be :-)



Keep up the good work, Lucía.
Graham said…
José,

It seems that you are the rising star of the blog.

I hope you are checking my replies and taking a note of some of your mistakes.


The burial of the sardine, as Lucía says, IS CELEBRATED now. In Madrid, I think, the Council does a representation and all schools ASK THE schoolchildren TO DRESS up. In the village where I was born, the schoolchildren PAINTED THEIR FACES with a burned wood. In this village, MOST neighbours (only men) got drunk, but NOBODY can speak about the politicians.


I suppose you are being ironic with your last comment :-)




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