Carnival in Italy

All traditional sweets – simple home-made products, most often deep-fried.

Traditionally fun colorful Carnival that precedes Lent . and is celebrated all over the world, arranging fancy-dress balls, parades, masked, but easily recognizable characters, parades of decorated carts with amazing work the figures out of papier-mache, dancing with music till you drop.

End the Carnival with a Grand holiday Monday, this year on February 21, called marted ì grasso , and Wednesday begins lent.

It is believed that the origin of the word “Carnival” comes from medieval Latin ” carnem levare ” . (the”remove meat”). By the way, Russian Carnival was once called “the Shrovetide” because before Lent, meat was prohibited in both the Orthodox and the Catholics.

The carnival begins everywhere at different times, but most often it lasts 2 weeks before lent, and the origin of the holiday is rooted in the pagan past, when people wore masks to scare away evil spirits. With the advent of Christianity, this ritual has lost its magical component, and as a result turned into a national holiday. In the periods of the middle Ages and Renaissance carnival celebrations became member of the European courts and adopted a more refined form related to the theatre. music and balls.

The world’s most famous carnival takes place in Venice. and in these 10 days, all squares, streets, canals and courtyards of the city are filled with masked characters in the sumptuous costumes and the tourists who came from everywhere to look at this miracle at least one eye.

And in fact, the Carnival of Venice is known for the beauty and dressing costumes, unbridled luxury balls and magic atmosphere. In this period there are many other cultural events: exhibitions, exhibitions, theatrical performances and fashion shows.

In addition to the carnival in Venice, and other famous carnivals in Viareggio . where can I see the most beautiful allegorical carts with figures from papier-mache and Ivrea . where traditionally occur orange fights, and carnivals in Sicily . in the cities of Acireale and Sciacca . with great live entertainment.

Goethe said, “Carnival – it’s not just folk festival is a festival that gives people to himself”.

Perhaps that is why all traditional sweets – simple home-made products, mostly – deep-fried, which have no relation to high pastry art.

In each region, of course, has its own traditions and recipes, but the most famous carnival sweets – it’s a frappe . or chiacchere . or cenci . or crappola . or. the names of these test strips, grilled or baked in the oven, sprinkled with powdered sugar or drizzled with chocolate, do not count!

A second, equally well-known sweetness – castagnole . deep-fried balls of crumbly shortcrust pastry.

In the North of Italy cook tortelli or ravioli stuffed with a sweet filling . cake of millet or corn flour «Malacca” . in the South – struffoli . little fried balls in honey, sprinkled with colored sugar decorations . And because there are Apple rings, fried . all kinds of donuts . fritole (irregularly shaped donuts with Grappa and raisins) . snack with jam . fried sweet noodles . Choose what you want!

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