Carnival is a festive season which occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February. Carnival typically involves a public celebration or paradecombining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party. People often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations, which mark an overturning of daily life.
TheBrazilian Carnaval is one of the best-known celebrations today, but many cities and regions worldwide celebrate with large, popular, and days-long events.
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 festivalthat 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 powerfulby 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 atcarnival.
Masks, maschere, are an important part of the carnevale festival and Venice is the best city for traditional carnival masks.
Arlecchino typically depicted inmulticoloured costume comprised of diamond shaped patterns.
Brighella a cunning and mischievous servant.
Colombina maid-servant counterpart of Arlecchino
Pantalone. He is a VenetianMerchant
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 year.
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