21 Feb

Last week we had three days off for Carnevale. It is a winter festival usually celebrated in February, till the day before Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Besides its celebration in Venice, famous worldwide, it is celebrated with parades in other Italian towns. Big charts representing different characters or popular stories can be seen through the streets, people wear fancy dresses and masks and enjoy standing on the charts, or dancing to their music or walking and watching around, throwing confetti at people passing by.

Georg and some of his friends were here last year and took part in the local parade! Here they are:

February 2012. Georg and his friends ready to parade on a Carnival chart in Italy

February 2012. Georg and his friends ready to parade on a Carnival chart in Italy

Click here to look at some photos taken last week ;):



Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Festivals, Fun, Italy, Traditions


20 responses to “Carnival

  1. Teva 6eD-France

    February 22, 2013 at 10:33 am

    George had fun in the carnival! Especially on vacation!

  2. Dorine 6eD France

    February 22, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Our fluffy creaures are all very beautiful and I think they were very lucky to visit the Venice Carnival. : D

  3. Dorine 6eD France

    February 22, 2013 at 10:43 am

    ๐Ÿ˜€ I would have liked to be part of the Carnival in Venice. Absolutely grand ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Julie 6eD France

    February 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I like the babies in their carnival costumes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Victor G, 6รจme, France

    February 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

    They are so cute, our fluffy creatures. They were lucky to participate in the Venice carnival ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. hugo france 6B

    February 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    George is the best, he is the leader.

  7. axelle 6B france

    February 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Georg and its friends are cute ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Giovanna

    February 22, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Thank you French team for your comments ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, Georg had lots of fun parading with his friends, a student’s grandma made their fancy dresses (which Georg took with him to Germany ;)) while a granddad built their chart. Georg was definitely the leader, he was wearing Arlecchino’s clothes, a traditional Italian Mask. They didn’t parade in Venice though, they were hosted by some students in Sedico, in the province territory of Belluno, which is one-and-a-half-hour drive from the sea. But one of the pupils went to Venice and took some photos to share with the fluffy guests, here is the link:
    @ Julie: I love babies in their costumes, too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Marie-France

    February 23, 2013 at 11:11 am

    @ the Italian team: I remember the Venice Carnival very well. I attended it two years ago and wrote a post on a blog with French-speaking teachers as partners. The Venice carnival is an event every French person wants to take part in.
    Click at the bottom of the post to view more pics.

    Great pics, one of you took for the fluffy guests and the” Georg- on- tour” project ๐Ÿ™‚ And congratulations to the grandma and grandpa to have made Georg and friends feel good with you. And what a treat to be wearing Arlechinno’s costume! Arlechinno is very popular in France and belongs to our culture too. Moliรจre, a XVIIth century playwright, had him appear in several plays which are still performed. His name was changed into Sganarelle ( the swift Arlequin) and belonged to the commedia dell’ arte, so much appreciated here.

    Thank you very much for your post ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Giovanna

    February 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    @ Marie-France: I’m glad we can share something on art, I didn’t know about Arlecchino in French plays, good piece of information, thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰ ! I enjoyed looking at your photos in Venice, such a special event, isn’t it? I was wandering: don’t you celebrate mardi gras?

  11. Marie-France

    February 23, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    @ Giovanna: France being a secular state, Mardi Gras is not celebrated very much.

    For Mardi Gras some families eat pancakes and a sort of doughnut: the closest I can get to is what I ate in Venice ( Frittelle in Italian, if I remember well ): have a look at the photo:

    Primary school children disguise themselves though and walk the streets around their school at Mardi Gras period ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    As far as Carnival celebration is concerned, it is very similar: we don’t have any except in Nice where it is magnificient. Nice is not far from Italy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. MrsU

    February 23, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks for the nice slide show, Italian team. Looks as if you had a great time again … even without fluffy foreigners ๐Ÿ˜‰ If our holidays are at carnival time in one of the following years, I’ll try to see your celebrations with my own eyes ๐Ÿ˜‰
    We still remember last year…and we still have the costumes ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks a lot again for such a great time together.
    By the way, Giovanna, maybe I’ll meet some of our partners in Lisbon ๐Ÿ˜‰ Paulien will be there for sure..let’s see who else … ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Marie-France

    February 23, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    @ Giovanna, Oops, I nearly forgot the Carnival of Dunkirk: They will never forgive me for this if I don’t mention it.

    Dunkirk is a port in the north of France and its carnival is crazy.

  14. MrsU

    February 24, 2013 at 7:21 am

    I think I should mention that Rรถmhild, a little town 15 km from here, is famous in the area for their carnival

  15. Martin 6eme B-France

    February 24, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Georg and his friends have beautiful costumes.

  16. Elisa from Italy

    February 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Carnival is a great feast for children. I once went to Sedico when I was a child. I loved it,there were many charts from which people threw us candies. I was dressed as a devil, it was my favourite costume. I like the presentation, the best photos are those of the babies, the penguin and the one where there’s the little girl dressed like a sheep.

  17. Michelle.Germany

    February 25, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Your carnival is so great:)
    The babies in their little fancy dresses are soooooooooo sweet!!!!!<3
    This year I dont realy celebrate carneval… I'm not in the mood to celebrate carneval:(, but my little cousin luis was at the carnival twice. He was a little Yakari (Yakari is a little indian, he is the main person of the tv-show Yakari).

  18. Giovanna

    February 25, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks for all your comments and additional information on Carnival in Europe, it’s good to compare different traditions and see how people like to enjoy themselves! ๐Ÿ™‚
    @ Michelle: as Elisa said, Carnival is great for children ๐Ÿ˜‰ !

  19. Marie-France

    February 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    @ Michelle: Yakari is well liked by children over here too. Children mostly read the comic books about his adventures. His horse is called “little thunder” and in Germany, how is it called?

  20. Heloise 6eD France

    February 27, 2013 at 9:13 am

    This is too cute! Is Paolina, okay?
    see you soon


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