Curiosities of Carnival

In these days, Carnival is celebrated in many countries of the world,
But did you know that...?

  • The origins of Carnival go back to the times of the Ancient Egyptians and Sumerians, 5,000 years ago.

  • The Romans celebrated Carnival in honor of Bacchus, god of wine.

  • The most famous Carnivals in the world are those from Rio, Venetia, Canarias, New Orleans...

  • In Carnival, happiness reigns, music and dance. The most varied people get together. This is inherited from the Romans' Carnivals, where during this holidays, the slaves mixed with their masters, and equality prevailed.

  • The peculiarity of the Italian Carnival resides in the inclusion of their traditional characters like the Pierrot, Columbine and Harlequin.

  • Taking advantage of these days of happiness and chaos, many countries make their most harsh critics both in politics as well as in the social with great humor sense.

  • In their origins, the masks and makeup have the symbolism of scaring the bad spirits away from the harvest.

  • The schools of Samba in Brazil practice all along the year to prepare the show of these days.

  • Christianity allowed Carnivals as a celebration, and as a temporal permissiveness before the moment of meditation and prayer in Lent.

-Emma Alvarez-

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