Carnival Means "So Long" to Meat

MEATLESS MONDAYEvery year, millions of people around the world celebrate Mardi Gras and Carnival.

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It’s a worldwide festival of parades, music and, of course, richer, fattier foods leading up to the 40-day season of Lent, during which Roman Catholics traditionally reduce their consumption of meat. In fact, the term “carnival” is from carnelevare, or “to remove meat.”

At Meatless Monday, we also say “one day a week, cut out meat.” And every Monday, in 30 countries around the globe, millions of participants realize the benefit of adding more delicious, nutritious plant-based meals to their diet. For people and for the planet, Meatless Monday opens the door to a world of healthy benefits.