What to Know About The Carnival of Venice
By MD Imran Ali October 4, 2022 Update on : October 4, 2022
The Carnival of Venice is one of the most traditional and captivating events in Europe. One should experience the fantasy and attraction of the carnival at least once in a lifetime. The carnival has had a tradition of art and culture for hundreds of years. It is an annual festival that is held with great enthusiasm in Venice, Italy. The Venetian is world famous for its extraordinary distinctive masks.
The Carnival of Venice has a long history. It began after the military victory of the Venetian Republic over the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven in 1162. To celebrate the victory, people gathered in San Marco Square and started to dance with joy. In this way, the festival started and turned official during the Renaissance.
The festival was banned in 1797 and the use of masks was forbidden as well then. The Italian government chose to bring back the carnival to revive the history and culture of Venice. It returned in 1979.
Let’s see the special features of this world-famous carnival.
The Carnival of Venice is a traditional festival for Venetians. The Venetians cross the canal jumping from boat to boat to reach the church where the celebrations take place. Many people have their dinner on the boat. Many people perform their traditional music, dance, etc. Moreover, the festival is marked by parades and parties for the whole night. Such activities are part of their tradition. People who take part in the carnival can know about their traditions.
It is an important event of the carnival where people take part in costumes wearing masks. Many people believe that they wear masks to show their freedom. Many others believe that wearing masks is a way to seek anonymity. A ball gown for women or a tuxedo for men with astonishing masks draws the attention of everyone. Partying in such attire is very attractive. It is one of the main features of the carnival.
Art and Culture:
Venice is instantly recognizable for its mix of Italian Renaissance art and Byzantine-influenced architecture. The artistic masks give it a different look. In the culture of Venice, they believe in freedom and equality. To ensure equality and interaction between the social classes, people greeted each other by saying ‘hello mask’ instead of each other’s names.
Music and Dance:
The legendary singers perform highlighting the Baroque tradition and the great operas of Verdi and Puccini. The Samba no pe or Foot Samba dance begins immediately when the samba music starts at the carnival. The Carnival of Venice offers a wide range of music including Venice folk music, Italian romantic music, and dance to the participants and the viewers. The music lovers can enjoy the music and people can be entertained by the stunning dance performances there.
If you are bored doing a lot of work and need a break you will enjoy a trip to Venice during the Carnival of Venice. There are many forms of entertainment in the city. Every year, thousands of people throng there to get entertainment. The costume, dance, music, and the people around you will stun you.
Any carnival refers to colorful festivity and celebration of something. The Carnival of Venice remains very colorful as the streets, and buildings get painted and participants including children wear colorful dresses. The multicolored masks around you will give you the essence of breeze and harmony. Mask parades and street parties are also very colorful.
Food and drinks:
It is really exciting to taste different foods in new places. If you taste the foods and drinks in Venice you will be fond of them. Venetian sweets including Frittelle, Gallani, pastries, and so on are very famous for their taste. The variety of drinks will make you thirsty.
The people of Venice are well-known for their hospitality. They are very cordial to their guests. The place has become a popular destination for travelers due to the friendly atmosphere and great hospitality there. You can plan your vacation to experience the Carnival of Venice.
If you want to experience the ancient celebration in February 2023, you should start taking preparation and plan accordingly to attend the carnival.