Carnivals in Italy
More than 200 years of history has the carnival in Ivrea. Citizens, as in past centuries, dress up in period costumes, are the sounds of drums and bagpipes, a colorful procession with flags around the city, attracting the attention of thousands of specially tourists from all over the world. Carnevale d’ivrea takes one week, ending with the famous battle of the Oranges, and including parades, music, and a giant bonfire. But the pelting each other with oranges attracts the most attention.
The history of Warfare has its roots in the 12th century, then the Duke, Governor of the region, established a “tradition”, according to which he was entitled to spend one night with each newly married woman in his possession. Of course, some men agreed with this because of fear of reprisals from the Almighty Duke, but the legend says that a young woman named violet was not going to enter into relationship with the Duke – and instead of simply to refuse him, she cut his head. Her act led to a revolution in the city, and the poor rose up against their rulers, and to this day she is remembered and respected as a symbol of freedom.
The citizens are divided into nine teams who go and throw oranges, and even a few teams that are above the crowds on the balconies and terraces of the buildings. The team on the balcony, wearing huge hats in addition to other protective devices, and represent the army’s repressive feudal lords, while the participants on the ground – ordinary citizens who are trying to rebel. People on the earth wear some protective devices, but there are no helmets. Also interesting moments in this battle is the fact that all people are dressed in historical costumes. Orange carnage ranks among the holidays, beloved and popular not only in Italy but also abroad.
Carnival of Europe in Cento – 5,12,19,26 February and 4 March
Sister of carnival in Rio de Janeiro, carnival in Cento (province of Ferrara) is one of the most spectacular and fun carnivals in Europe.
A whole year carnival Association is prepared allegorical wagons challenging in a difficult festive competition the main prize. True works of art, “monuments of papier-mache can reach 6 meters in length and width and have a height up to 20 meters, compete to win 1st prize at the Carnival.
The symbol of the carnival MASK TASI. According to the legend – this Tasi was a great lover of good wine, and when it came to choosing between his wife and a glass of Lambrusco, he chose the second option. Tasi opens the parade on the first day. and on the last day of the carnival takes place the traditional ritual of “burning Tasi” and a big fireworks display.
The carnival of Cento is the holiday merriment that involved all those present, which passionately like mad dancers one of the main Samba schools of Rio de Janeiro.
Carnival Fili di Bock – 5 and 12 February , Arezzo.
A few kilometers from Arezzo, an ancient Roman road, zatarenny among vineyards and olive groves, stands the ancient Tuscan city Castiglion Fibocchi.
In the last days before lent in the streets, there are figures dressed in bright mythical outfits, hiding the face under the mysterious mask. Theatrical performances, parades, entertainment and fireworks.
Carnival Dei Fili di Bock (Bock Children) is famous for its traditional night festivals, carnivals in the moonlight, magic shows and magic squares, costumes and masks of the Baroque era, as well as tasty treats in honor of the King of Bock.
The carnival of Acireale – 4, 5, 11, 12, 15, 16,17, 18, 19, 20, 21 February, Acireale, Sicily.
One of the most beautiful carnival in Sicily takes place in Acireale (Catania This holiday twinned with the Carnival of Viareggio and its program is always informative and interesting.
Narrow and winding streets give birth to carnival participants in the most ancient parts of the city that are “scenes”, which are activities of the carnival. It flows through the streets of the city centre, rebuilt in the Baroque style, yet will not spill out onto the splendid Piazza Duomo. For allegorical carts should be a fun festive crowd, body and soul by participating in common uncontrollable merriment. Carts in Acireale, which the Sicilians invented in the course of the year, have grotesque nature and style of caricature, portraying a vivid picture of Sicilian life.
You will be a parade with the sea marvelous characters, parades with floats and platforms, decorated with flowers, as well as fun games and competitions. Don’t miss jumping in sacks, and the local pastime called “albero della cuccagna”, which translated means “fat tree”. The task for the participants to climb a tree, the trunk of which is smeared with fat. Carts and ornaments to them, the Sicilians create a whole year, they carefully prepare for the carnival, because it is so beautiful and bright, annually attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists.
The program of the festival included: the opening ceremony of the Carnival (Duomo square) concerts and performances in the same square and in other parts of the city, processions and parades, performances by folk ensembles, children’s performances, as well as the closing ceremony with fireworks.
Three weeks in a row, on weekends, block streets for the passage of a huge carnival allegorical carts, each of which is revealed in all its glory on the main square of the city. Funny figures made of papier-mache lit with colored lights and move to the music – on each of the platforms your little performance. What can we say about the “signature dish” Acireale carnival – “the flowering of the wagon,” they come to see tourists from all over the world. It’s all the same highlighted allegorical carts, but all the figures on them are made exclusively from flowers – millions of multi-colored carnations are transformed into funny characters.
Carnival in Sciacca – 6-21 February , Sciacca, Sicily.
The most famous carnival in Sicily is a Carnival in the old, medieval town of Sciacca (Agrigento area), also known worldwide for its thermal springs.
The king of carnival Peppe Nappa on Maundy Thursday festival opens with the symbolic keys, and at the end of the carnival it will suffer the same fate as all the kings of Italian carnivals – it will be burned in the square.
The medieval streets of the old town from 2 PM until 5 am the following day parade a string of allegorical carts, built according to the strict laws of the carnival, groups of dancers from various dance schools, continuously rhythmic sounds, carnival music.
Carnival of Mamoiada – date unknown.
Carnival in Mamoiada (Nuoro, Sardinia) is one of the most ancient folk holiday celebrated on the island of Sardinia.
Residents of the town gather on the Central square to dance several hours in a row under the traditional music and enjoy a festive procession Mamuthones Issohadores – traditional Sardinian masks. Mask “Juvanne Martis Sero” symbolizes the end of the carnival. Tuesday this doll wheeling in a small cart on the streets of the town. The truck taking the men mourning the death of Juvanne Martis Sero and heartbreaking acting compassionately chants.
At the end of the ritual in the square and on the streets of the town all the participants were treated to wines and typical local dishes of pork and beans. More and more people come to witness this Polenovo action.
The carnival of Putignano – 26, 17 January, 2, 5, 9 ,12, 15, 19, 20, 21 February , Putignano, Puglia.
Maybe someone else knows? It seems that in Rome too the carnival happen.