Masopust is a carnival celebration that roughly translates to “meat leaving” or “goodbye meat”. Like many carnivals, it is a celebration before Ash Wednesday and Lent. Festivities usually are largest starting “Fat Thursday” instead of Tuesday like Mardi Gras. Czechs in rural areas will start the festivities by slaughtering a pig for their feasts. A meal of roast pork with sauerkraut is traditionally served and the day is filled with eating and drinking for strength and happiness for the rest of the year.