What is Carnevale?
Carnevale, also known as carnival or mardi gras, is celebrated in Italy and many places around the world 40 days before Easter. The Carnival has very old origins. It is a festival that celebrates the passage from winter into spring, a time when seemingly anything is possible, including the illusion where the most humble of classes become the most powerful by wearing masks on their faces.
How is Carnival Celebrated in Italy?
Carnevale in Italy is a 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.
Masks, maschere, are an important part of the carnevale festival and Venice is the best city for traditional carnival masks.
Arlecchino typically depicted in multicoloured costume comprised of diamond shaped patterns.
Brighella a cunning and mischievous servant.
Colombina maid-servant counterpart of Arlecchino
Pantalone. He is a Venetian Merchant
Pulcinella is a crooked-nosed hunchback. He is associated with Naples.
Carnival is a festival that attracts thousands of people from around the world each