|The Carnival Venice is one of the oldest festivals
held in Venice. Its world famous for its amazing
and unique masks that people wear during the
event on Shrove Tuesday the day before Ash
Wednesday. The Carnival ends with the Christian
celebration of Lent 40 days before Easter.
|It started in 1162 and became official in the
Renaissance period. During the 17th century the
baroque carnival was a way to save the glorious
image of Venice worldwide.
|However under the rule of the King of Austria,
the Venice Carnival was outlawed completely
and the use of masks became strictly forbidden
during that time.
|After a long absence, more than 180 years the
Carnival of Venice was returned in 1979 when
the Italian government decided to bring back the
history and culture of Venice by allowing and
officially recognizing the traditional Carnival.
|The Venetian Carnival is most famous for its
distinctive masks and costumes. It is common
for people to attend the Carnival wearing
elaborate costumes and masks.
|One of the most important events during the
Carnival is the contest for the most beautiful
mask which is judged by international costume
and fashion designors.
|There are several different styles of masks that
are worn during the Venice Carnival. Usually
people with different occupations and jobs
wear a different type of Carnival costume
during the festival.
|Bauta Mask: In the 18th century, bauta mask
became a standardized society mask regulated
by the Venetian government. It was
obligatory to wear it at certain political events
during that tome. Usually worn by men.
|Colobina Mask: It is actually a half mask
which covers the eyes, the nose and upper
cheeks. It is often decorated with gold and
silver. It is said it was designed for an actress
because she did not want to have her beautiful
face covered completely.
|However, the Colobina is a modern creation as
there are no historic paintings depicting its use.
|The Plague Doctor Mask : One of the most
bizzare and recognizable of the Venetian masks.
It did not start out as a carnival mask at all but
as a method of preventing the spread of disease.
Those that wear this mask often also wear the
|All of these masks can be made of leather,
porclelain or the original glass technique.
Today most Italian masks are made with gold
leaves and are hand painted using natural
feathers and gems for decoration.
|There are many events of which you can attend
during the festival each year.
|The "Festa Veneziana" is the opening
ceremony of the Venice Carnival. An
outstanding evening show will bring music,
rhythm, joy on the banks of Cannaregio and it
is truly a unique experience.
|There is also an official Dinner Show and Ball
in the majestic Ca' Vendramin Calergi Palace.
Its not a simple dinner , it is an exclusive
experience where the pleasures of the palette
and party comes together.
|The next date for the Venice Carnival is
February 16, 2019