Carnivals Around the World


A carnival is a public celebration that usually involves the circus, street performers, games, and other festive activities. Carnivals around the world typically happen before the Lenten season. Learn more after the break.

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Carnival of Venice
The Carnival of Venice is one of the most popular carnivals in the world. Held annually, this carnival celebrates the entrance of spring. The tradition dates back to the 14th century. Every year, people gather and throw street parties wearing masks as a disguise. It is said that the masks are worn to ensure that everyone who takes part in the festivities are seen as equals – rich or poor.

Carnival of Rio de Janeiro
The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro is a 4-day celebration that takes place before Ash Wednesday. The festivities prepare the people for the Lenten season. They celebrate as a last hurrah before fasting. This Brazilian carnival is also home to The Samba Parade, considered as one of the most beautiful shows in the world.

Mardi Gras
The Mardi Gras was brought to the United States by the French. The first Mardi Gras in the United States was celebrated back in the 1830’s in New Orleans. This is probably one of the most popular carnivals around the world and is also known as Fat Tuesday. It is celebrated just before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of fasting for Catholics around the world.

Nid Carnival
The Nice Carnival in France offers festive floats and yachts across the Baie des Anges. Apart from these, you can also marvel at giant heads, troupes, and other entertainment acts. This carnival offers old town beauty with a modern twist.

Fasnacht, Basel
This carnival in Switzerland goes on for 3 days. The fun spreads to the streets where people throw confetti and wear costumes to fit the festive mood. Stories are exchanged, participants parade on the streets, and processions take place starting at 4am. The magic that this carnival offers is unforgettable.

These are just some carnivals that are celebrated around the world. Do you know of any carnival celebrations? Leave a comment below! Meanwhile, here are some carnival shots from our community members.

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Information for this article was taken from Magazine Time Pass.

written by jeanmendoza on 2012-02-17 #lifestyle #carnival #rio-de-janeiro #venice #festive #new-orleans #mardi-gras

One Comment

  1. sweetyyydreams
    sweetyyydreams ·

    There is also the Cologne Carnival in Germany, a street carnival which lasts 6 days, beginning on a Thursday (the fat Thursday or Weiberfastnacht), and finishing on the next Wednesday, (the Ash Wednseday or Aschermittwoch). The official launch is made on November 11 at 11:11am, but the real festival is in February (and it's happening right now in Cologne by the way!!)
    It's very festive, everybody is in the streets everyday from 9am to late at night, there are many parades (Rose Monday parade is the highlight of the week, ghost parade goes on Saturday and nobody knows where it will be, which is quite fun to look for it...) And on Tuesday night, the carnival puppet is burnt to end the festivities.

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