Carnival began last Wednesday in Venezuela and ends today. Held 40 days before Easter, it is based on a mostly Catholic tradition where people held a large feast to dispose of rich food and drink before lent. Spain brought the tradition to Venezuela and other countries in the region when it invaded Latin America. For Venezuelans it has become a time to be with families and to have fun, with parades and other cultural activities that are held across the country.
In this images section, Venezuelanalysis brings you a selection of photos from the celebrations in Caracas and the demonstrations against bullfighting in Merida, where the activity is traditionally held during carnival.