Monday, 7 March 2011

Buon Carnevale !

{8 March}: today signs the last day  of Carnival celebrations, make sure you have plenty of treats and lots of laughter! To celebrate my Carnevale over here in the UK I will pay a visit to a newly openned pasticceria Italiana over in South London, an why not I could even  be a wearing a mask, a venetian one of course!!! …

The Carnival has very old origins. It is a festival that celebrates the passage from winter into spring, a time when seemingly anything is possible, including the illusion where the most humble of classes become the most powerful by wearing masks on their faces.

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The official start of the Venice Carnival dates back to 1296, when the Senate of the Republic made the Carnival official with an edict declaring the day before Lent a public holiday.

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After an interruption lasting almost two centuries, the tradition of Carnival was rediscovered by the Municipality in 1980 and since then it has taken place every year with success.

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Venice discovers in 2011 the vibrant soul of its “theme” Carnival. “Ottocento” the nineteenth century evocation, will outline the Carnival, edition 2011, scheduled from February 19th till March 8th.

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It will be developed among romantic suggestions and Risorgimento impulses, while wearing its charming redingote and top hats, corsets and crinolines.

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Photography by Walter M. from the last edition of ‘Il Carnevale di Venezia 2011’.


Anonymous said...

Lovely post!! Happy Carnevale to you 6 8th march too!! Writing you soon! W. the antiques lovers

hermes kelly 35 said...

Beautiful photos.