Last lark before a month of Lent

It was time to party before a month of prayer and penance for these revellers wearing masks of the Matlacihua Arte gallery during carnival in San Martin Tilcajete, in Oaxaca state, Mexico, on Tuesday.

The Zapotec people, residents of the community of San Martin Tilcajete, celebrated their ancestral carnival in the streets that day, reported European Pressphoto Agency.

Young people and adults alike joined in the traditional feast before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Lent is a period of 40 days before Easter in the Christian calendar which is devoted to fasting and abstinence.

By observing Lent, Christians are remembering the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who withdrew into the wilderness and fasted for 40 days before his crucifixion, according to the Daily Telegraph .

This year, Easter falls on April 16. The English word "Lent" is a shortened form of the old English word "lenten", meaning "spring".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2017, with the headline 'Last lark before a month of Lent'. Print Edition | Subscribe