domenica 20 febbraio 2011

Carnevale Festivals in Italy


Carnival represents a sort of "time out of time" in which fortunes are reversed: the poor become rich, the powerless become powerful. Social customs are overturned; women aggressively pursue men, for example. During the time of Carnevale, it's important to remain anonymous, so when "real time" returns, it returns to exactly the same place.
Enjoy our pictures of the carnival masks of Venice. You'll see masks in production, masks for sale, and masks on display. Carnevale in Italy is a huge winter festival celebrated with parades, masquerade balls, entertainment, music, and parties. Children throw confetti at each other. Mischief and pranks are also common during Carnevale, hence the saying A Carnevale Ogni Scherzo Vale, anything goes at carnival. Carnevale has roots in pagan festivals and traditions and as is often the case with traditional festivals was adapted to fit into the Catholic rituals. Although carnival is actually one date, in Venice and some other places in Italy the carnival celebrations and parties may begin a couple weeks before.
Masks, maschere, are an important part of the carnevale festival and Venice is the best city for traditional carnival masks. Carnival masks are sold year round and can be found in many shops in Venice, ranging from cheap masks to elaborate and expensive masks. Walking through the streets of Venice, it's a pleasure to view the variety of masks on display in shop windows. People also wear elaborate costumes for the festival and there are costume or masquerade balls, both private and public.


7 commenti:

  1. Dear Maria,how I want to see these beautiful places..and you describe them excellently..I love this picture..the colours are so vivid..and the carnival sounds fun....keep on telling us,Maria.

    RispondiElimina
  2. Beautiful...I can see the carnival with my eyes closed..you are a wonderful storyteller...and I love the last picture....love you Maria.

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  3. @Abhisek ...do you celebrate carnevale in your town.:? here in italy children throw confetti at each other and put on some masks ..it's joyful, happy time to have some fun together....only the Venice Carnevale has a special theme ...as you can see from the pictures above they use unsual, elegant, extravagant masks and suites. During Carnevale period we use to eat some cakes called FRAPPE and CASTAGNOLE...I may assure you they are delicious.!
    Therefore Happy Carnival Feast ♥

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  4. @Motifs....Carnevale in Italy is a huge winter festival celebrated with parades, masquerade balls, entertainment, music, and parties....Venice is a special city and they use to celebrate Carnevale wearing unusual masks and suites...it's the most famous Carnevale exhibition here in Italy.

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  5. Beautiful post ..costumes are the main attraction .. similarly i have written a post on carnival of Venice before

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  6. @ben...definitely yes... Carnival is well celebrated here in Italy...Venice Carnival is the most elegant of Italian Carnivals ..the masks have a special feature as well as the costumes are refined, elegant...some friends of mine went to Venice and told me the atmosphere there is unique ♥

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  7. This is indeed a beautiful and colorful masquerade! I've always liked carnivals and festivals... But for such a long time now, I have missed all of these fun! Singapore do celebrate carnivals too like the so-called Chingay parade similar to the one you described here in your post but slightly smaller though... Yet it's a colorful and enjoyable event which usually happens after the 15th day of Chinese New Year. Love this post Maria!♥♥♥

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