[Worldkings] Top 50 annual creative events in the world (P. 08) Carnival of Venice (Italy): Immerse yourself in an extremely eye-catching carnival in Venice

01-02-2023

(Worldkings.org) The Carnival of Venice (Italian: Carnevale di Venezia) is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. The carnival ends on Shrove Tuesday (Martedì Grasso or Mardi Gras), which is the day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. The festival is world famous for its elaborate masks.

Carnival of Venice is an annual event that attracts the attention of tourists from all over the world. In Venice, Italy at this time, they welcomed more than 3 million visitors. The festival is held around the middle of February every year, and it ends on Shrove Tuesday (Martedì Grasso or Mardi Gras), which is the day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.

 

According to history, this festival was first held in 1162 to celebrate the victory of the Republic of Venice over the Aquileians. With this victory, people gathered in San Marco square to dance and sing. Since then, annual carnivals have been held, and by the Renaissance, the Venice Carnival was recognized as an official event.

During the festival period, Venice becomes the land of fashion houses, where you can easily find colorful costumes, wigs and masks of the past in every store. Square St. Mark, theaters, streets and offices become the stage of actors, circus performers, dancers, musicians... making you feel like you're living in the seventeenth century.

 

Masks are the most characteristic feature of the Venice carnival. Mask makers also have their own respected place in society, with their own guilds and laws. Masquerade masks are usually made of leather or paper mache according to traditional techniques. Today, masks are also made from plaster, gold leaf and are always hand-painted, with decorative details with feathers and precious stones. Lavra is the most popular and typical mask of Venice, made of wax and white plaster like a ghost, with simple motifs, but with elaborate decorations on the hat.

 

People ordered elaborate costumes, sophisticated masks from a year ago to come to the carnival. On the occasion of the carnival, the palaces and flower gardens are open, everywhere people play music and dance. With outdoor bands, roving groups of clowns, in alleys, on squares, along every canal in gondoles, Venice is alive with music and colour.

 

Those who want a taste of aristocratic life can head to the castles of Venice to attend masquerade parties and costume galas. Every year, millions of visitors from all over the world come to attend this unique festival.

 

Source: Internet


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