Venice Carnival 2019

• Venice Carnival 2019

Carnivals - a costumed celebrations associated with disguises, masquerades and a colorful procession, mass festivities and theatrical performances. They celebrated before Lent. Carnivals are distributed mainly in Catholic countries, and dates back to the pagan customs of the Roman Empire. Carnival appeared in the IX-X centuries. By this time the earliest mention of the periodic urban festivals in different cities of Western Europe.

The first carnivals were in Italy, and the very first of them - the carnival in Venice.

Venice Carnival 2019

In 1162, in honor of the victory over the Patriarch of Aquileia begun festivities on the main square in Venice - San Marco. Presumably from the time the carnival has become an annual event. (Photo by Manuel Silvestri):

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Good afternoon. Venice, 16 February 2019. (Photo: Vincenzo Pinto):

Venice Carnival 2019

The first mention of the carnival in Venice belongs to 1094, although XIII-XIV centuries masks carnivals were not. (Photo by Manuel Silvestri):

Venice Carnival 2019

The wearing of masks has been very popular for a while; Venetians wore them for six months - from August to Lent. In connection with the increase in the number of brothels masks were banned by the Council of Ten in 1703, but next year the decision was canceled. (Photo: Vincenzo Pinto):

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About 3 million people come to the carnival in Venice, including participants and photographers. (Photo Antonio Calanni):

Venice Carnival 2019

In the XVII century the carnival in Venice was in decline, but in 1979 the Venetian Carnival once again become popular: the Italian government elected him to promote the history and culture of Venice. (Photo Antonio Calanni):

Venice Carnival 2019

The Carnival of Venice opens old Venetian festival - Festa delle Marie, which is dedicated to the liberation of the Venetian girls who were abducted by pirates from Istria.

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Cannaregio Canal, the main waterway of the Cannaregio district - one of the six historic districts of Venice. (Photo by Simone Padovani):

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On the main water artery occur and the main carnival performances. (Photo by Simone Padovani):

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And this is the famous Grand Canal. The channel length is 3800 meters and width - from 30 to 70 meters, depth - of the order of 5 meters. (Photo: Vincenzo Pinto):

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The Carnival of Venice, February 16, 2019. (Photo by Antonio Calanni):

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Illumination of the Cannaregio Canal. (Photo by Simone Padovani):

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The Carnival in Venice 2019 (Photo: Vincenzo Pinto):

Venice Carnival 2019