Very different from our celebration, the traditional Venice Carnival it is known for the pomp and fantasies that recall the nobility of centuries ago. I would even tell you the exact date when the party started taking place there, but historians have not yet come to a definitive conclusion. So, let’s assume it was around the 16th century.
The masks, so characteristic of the Venice Carnival, were used as a way to maintain the anonymity. As such, people attended parties without being recognized – and, most importantly, without revealing which social class they belonged to. Thus, everyone was able to celebrate the parties without many social divisions. Very interesting, right?
The tradition of period masks and costumes continues today, with themed parties, parades and various other attractions. For this reason, tourists from all over the world visit the city at this time of year. Because knowing a culture as different as this is always an adventure.
If you are planning to enjoy the Venice Carnival later this year or plan to plan for the following, here are some important tips to get everything right when planning 😉
Like the Brazilian carnival, the celebration of Venice takes place between February and March. Now in 2019, for example, the parties take place between February 16 and March 5. Even having events throughout this period, the most popular ones are concentrated on weekends.
In other words, it is worth reserving at least one weekend to visit Venice and see a little of their carnival celebration. Oh, and don’t forget that these months of the year tend to be colder – the opposite of our summer carnival!
To get into the carnival atmosphere, be sure to rent a costume to mix with the city’s residents. Although the costumes are not mandatory, it is legal to participate in the party as a local. I confess that the fantasies end up being a little expensive, but it is a unique and super different experience.
As I told you at the beginning of the post, masks are an important feature of Venetian carnival. So don’t give up buying one for yourself. In addition to being nice to join the party, you can keep it as a souvenir.
Some of the stores like the Atelier marega they offer short classes explaining a little about the tradition of masks and also the backstage of creating and making costumes. For the most curious, it is very interesting to see – even without understanding the language so well. Another place to buy very traditional masks is the Mondonovo Masks, known for the production of masks for more than three decades.
Oh, and just so you know, there are several models of masks. The best known are bauta, an moretta, The Harlequin, an Colombian it’s the zanni. Take a look at each one and see which one is your favorite 😉
Now, let’s talk about events. I already mentioned in the post that the main presentations take place on weekends. Still, I think it is worthwhile to participate in at least one of the parties or workshops to explore other ways to enjoy carnival.
As there are many activities, I will link to you the official website of Venice Carnival. Unfortunately he only has the information in English and Italian, but you can already have a better idea of what to expect.
So, did you like to know a little about the carnival celebrations of another country?