Carnaval Celebrated particularly in the Latin Catholic countries of Southern Europe, it appears to have originated in Italy as a substitute for the Roman pagan festival known as Saturnalia in honour of Saturn, the god of Agriculture, observed in the month of December as a period of unrestrained merry-making, as it signaled the rebirth of Mother-Nature and the beginning of a New Year. From Italy, in which country http://www.123incredibleindia.com/goa-tourism/goa-carnival.html The above description does not consider the tradition of Carnival in Northern Europe.