Mesojeđe, maškare, karneval.
ETYM Italian carnevale, prob. for older carnelevale, prop., the putting away of meat; from Latin caro, carnis, flesh + levare to take away, lift up, from levis light.
1. A festival marked by merrymaking and processions.
2. A traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.; SYN. fair, funfair.
Immediately preceding Lent, the period usually of three days immediately preceding Ash Wednesday.