carnivals

Best spring carnivals of the world

The world’s best carnivals, which is a great way to have fun before lent by readers of the Guardian.

1. In the first place: Mas Dominik, Roseau, Dominica. This traditional carnival takes place on the eve of Great lent and is characterized by a friendly and non-commercial atmosphere. The holiday is a blend of African masquerade and traditional French carnival. On the first day of the carnival people dress up in costumes or just in pajamas and go outside while banging pots and pans. The atmosphere is so fun and addictive that simple viewer to be no one.

The festival takes place 1-8 March

2. France

Nice carnival takes place in the middle of February, but at this time there you can ride along the waterfront on an open-top car and enjoy the many yachts. The main events of the festival are held in Place Masséna.

The festival usually takes place from 18 February to 8 March

3. Spain

Carnival in Cadiz (South of Spain, Andalusia) is the oldest carnival in the world. The holiday dates back to local customs: carnival arranged, when the long voyage returned sailors with gifts and new clothes, which was dressed and walking around the city. Still during carnival wearing a fun, whimsical costumes singing and marching Continue reading

Unusual spring meeting at the Carnival in Binche

The low use of the Belgian town of Bins would hardly be known to the whole world, if not amazing. is considered one of the largest in Europe, second only to Venice. In 2003, the carnival in Binche listed as intangible cultural heritage of humanity, UNESCO, and this is a clear indication of identity, originality and beauty of the folk festival.

The story and the main character of the carnival

Carnival in Binche spring days before lent. Its history is rooted in the middle Ages. These days the Catholic Church allowed his flock a few days noisy festivities, followed by the longest post of the year. The tradition of riotous festivities caught on and eventually transformed into a wonderful carnival, collecting a huge number of participants and curious spectators. Bright carnival lasts for three days.

Carnival traditions and beliefs

On the first day of the carnival to the streets of the city come out thousands of participants in its breathtaking fantasy costumes. This procession is accompanied by drumbeats and melodies derived from the old barrel organs. The second day of the festival called youth because of various youth organizations, bringing together its members Continue reading

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 Continue reading

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