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 for political views, arrange music parade, showered in street battles each other with confetti, dancing and having fun, infecting their delight and glee of many viewers. The day ends with fireworks on one of the squares of the city.

The climax of the festival is the last day of carnival, when the streets of the town gather thousands Zhiley in Belgian national costumes with the required attributes in the form of bells, wooden clogs, huge hats, humps of straw and peculiar wax masks. All masks are identical, thus they symbolize the unity. The masks are reddish sideburns, mustache, curled up, dark glasses on the long aquiline nose, thin lips. Traditionally, the role of the main character of the holiday — Gilles can play only natives of BINSA. Walking down the street with merry March, they are thrown into the crowds of spectators who crowded the streets of the city, orange oranges. Other participants don costumes harlequins, knights and other characters or join the ranks of spectators. There is another unwritten tradition Lived, must move, dancing to the drumbeat. The sounds of drums merge with a clatter of wooden clogs and the ringing sound of hundreds of bells, creating an incredible Symphony of celebration.

Next to the lives and traditions of a belief. It reads: caught or received the coveted orange from the hands of Gilles will be accompanied by incredible luck. May not only for a brilliant spectacle, but also to catch your luck, come to Bins hundreds of thousands of tourists? Guests who came to the carnival for the first time, strenuously pulled his hands, trying to catch the thrown fruit, and seasoned travelers prepare hats, which strive to gather up a few more oranges. Unlike the audience, Ilam eat oranges prohibited. Their festive menu consists of crisp champagne and oysters. Because it’s the last day before lent, when you can still plenty to gorge on delicacies, to dress up and have fun.

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