carnelevamen The origin of the word carnival is still uncertain. One of the possible explanations is that it comes from the Latin word carnelevamen as carnis levamen, that is, the pleasures of the flesh, before the sadness and adversities of Lent. The origin of carnival itself is also a mystery. Some say it comes from the worship of Isis, or the Roman bacchanals, or still the feasts in Greece. Nevertheless, whatever the explanation may be, carnival dates back to the ancient times, or even before that, with its noisy dances, its masks that inspired permissive behavior, and other aspects that have been unchanged until today. http://www.guiapernambuco.com.br/english/carnival.shtml