Venice Carnival is a one of the biggest celebrations in Italy. Here are some fun facts that people might not know about Venice Carnival.
1. Venice Carnival lasts about two to three weeks long and is a final party before Ash Wednesday and Lent. It was first originated in the 11th century being celebrated 40 days before Easter.
2. The wearing of the Venetian mask was a way for people to hide their social status and identity and socialize with whoever they wanted to freely. It allowed people to interact with other people from different social standings without being judged.
3. The main events of the carnival are held at Piazza San Marco. The best carnival costume and the best carnival mask contests are taken place on a stage in this piazza. This is the best place to enjoy the festivities and see the most action of the people partaking in dressing up during the celebration.
4. Carnival means “farewell to meat” which is in relation to Catholics eating all the meat they could before the start of Lent. Partaking in the last days of eating meat is part of the celebration of the Venice Carnival. A famous Venice Carnival food tradition is the fritole which are sweet fritters that can be stuffed with cream and have powder sugar on top.
5. There are about 10 different types of Venetian masks. The most traditional mask is the Bauta style. Bauta appears in white and is a mask that was used throughout the whole year by people who wished to continue to hide their identity.
If these facts are not enough to fulfill your Venice Carnival needs attend the Carnival yourself one day. Fulfill your bucket list goals and take a trip to Venice during the month of February and take advantage of this fascinating celebration.