Most Amazing Festivals in the World
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Called “carnevale” in Italy, the Venice Carnival began modestly in 1162 when a victorious fighter for the Republic of Venice returned from battle and a celebration was staged in Piazza San Macro with dancing, singing, food and drink. As the festival grew (like any one that offers a great party atmosphere), so did its parameters and it got so crazy that at times during the long history of the city, the carnevale was cancelled. The current version was established in 1979.
The date varies year to year because of the shifting dates of Easter, but it begins about two weeks before Lent, and ends then. Unlike Mardi Gras held in places like New Orleans and the Rio Carnival, Venice’s celebrations take a historic bent, with grand balls and parades where participants and spectators dress in period (usually Renaissance) costumes and wear elaborate masks; this dangerously enables people to behave badly as they cannot be identified (rather like the Internet).
But the Venice Carnival is all about fun and frivolity, a couple of weeks of pure joy. Each year there is a fairly serious competition for most beautiful mask, judged by a panel of costume and fashion designers. It’s Affordable Travel’s choice for best amazing world festival; it combines history and frolic in perfect balance.