The country's largest,
most exuberant festival is Carnaval,
which takes place on the Monday and Tuesday preceding
Ash Wednesday. Characterized by music, dancing, parades
and masquerades, the flavor of the event varies from
region to region. The town of Carúpano is famous
throughout the country for its elaborately staged Carnaval.
Given the strong Roman Catholic character of Venezuela,
most other national celebrations are tied to the Christian
calendar. Apart from Easter, Christmas and Corpus Christi,
which are celebrated enthusiastically, there are many
saints' days spread over the calendar year celebrated
in various cities and towns.