Thinking that masks and costumes are just for Hallowe’en? Think again! Here are a few interesting facts about Venice’s Carnival:
- The Carnival in Venice is not a recent phenomenon. It has its beginnings in the Dark Ages and survived until the early 19th century when it was banned under the rule of Austria, and then it was brought to life again about thirty-five years ago as a way to promote Venice. Carnival is now an annual event of a few weeks celebrated so it ends with the beginning of Lent. (For example in 2021, it is being celebrated from Jan 3oth to February 16th).
- Masks are probably the first thing one thinks of in relation to this Carnival. Originally, Venetians could and did wear masks from December 26th to Lent, and some wore them from as early as October. These were an extremely popular form of adornment.
Elaborate Costumes with Volta Masks ( Image: Pixabay)
A Traditional Bauta Mask – It Allows the Wearer to Eat & Drink ( Image: Pixabay)
Traditional Volta Masks ( Image: Pixabay)
Elaborate Costume ( Image: Pixabay)
Can’t go for all of the Carnival season? Make sure your visit coincides with either a week-end or during the final week of the Carnival. There’s much more to do during those times. You will be spoiled for choice !
Tag your visit onto a tour of the region. Ask your travel professional for advice.
Header image of a display of masks courtesy of Bigstock.com.
Feature image of two half-masks and veils courtesy of Pixabay.