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Seafood Prices Increase With Start of Lent in Panama

Food & DrinkThe demand for seafood and shellfish increases with the arrival of Lent in Panama. This year, hundreds of Panamanians and foreigners living in our country went to the Fish Market to find the best products for this time of year. Most people select seafood products according to their budgets. Many will say, "It's very expensive. Yesterday it was not at that price. Who will help us?" But this variation in the price of seafood is in harmony with reality. Higher costs for fuel and supplies have led fishermen to make changes in prices according to the season. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: Lent (called the "Cuaresma" in Spanish) is the Christian observance of the liturgical year from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. The last day of Carnival - "Fat Tuesday" - is the day before Ash Wednesday, today. The whole idea of Carnival is to allow Catholics a chance to get their freak on for a few days before embarking on 40 days of self deprivation and denial, in preparation for Holy Week. "The traditional purpose of Lent is the penitential preparation of the believer—through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, and self-denial. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events of the Passion of Christ on Good Friday, which then culminates in the celebration on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. During Lent, many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxury as a form of penitence." Here in Panama it's traditional for people to "give up" beef, and instead they eat seafood. So, demand increases greatly, and so do prices. Most Americans don't realize this is why "Mardi Gras" is only celebrated in New Orleans. That part of the country was originally settled by French Catholics and not English Protestants. Carnival is a very "Catholic" tradition.

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Seafood Prices Increase With Start of Lent in Panama
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, February 22 2012 @ 08:04 pm EST

Carnival = Carne Vale (farewell to meat in Latin)

It all makes sense now :)

Seafood Prices Increase With Start of Lent in Panama
Authored by: Don Winner on Thursday, February 23 2012 @ 10:27 am EST

From Wikipedia - on the origins of the word "Carnival" -

Etymology - The origin of the name "Carnival" is disputed, between those that have argue a link with the Italian word "carne" (meat), and those that argue a link with the word "carrus" (car). The link with carne would suggest an origin within Christianity, while the link with carro with earlier religions.

From carne levare - Those that argue for the origin from "carne", point to variants in Italian dialects that would suggest that the name comes from the Italian carne levare or similar, meaning "to remove meat", since meat is prohibited during Lent.

From carne vale - Folk etymologies exist which state that the word comes from the Late Latin expression carne vale, which means "farewell to meat", signifying that those were the last days when one could eat meat before the fasting of Lent. The word carne may also be translated as flesh, so suggesting carne vale as "a farewell to the flesh", a phrase actually embraced by certain Carnival celebrants who encourage letting go of your former (or everyday) self and embracing the carefree nature of the festival. However, explanations proceeding from carne vale seem to be folk etymologies and are not supported by philological evidence.

From carrus navalis - Other scholars argue for the origin from the Roman name for the festival of the Navigium Isidis (ship of Isis), where the image of Isis was carried to the sea-shore to bless the start of the sailing season. The festival consisted of a parade of masks following an adorned wooden boat, that would reflect the floats of modern Carnivals. Modern Carnival shares resemblances with the Navigium Isidis.