6 key images to understand Carnival in the world
Carnival is one of the most important, joyful and colorful festivities that occurs throughout the year. Its origin is not entirely clear, however it is related to the arrival of Lent and the time of abstinence that Christians keep.
Carnival is a celebration that takes place in a large number of countries and cities in which people strive to wear striking costumes and masks, so much so that there are those who work a whole year developing a project related to caravans or parades.
This tradition has been modified over the years, it has been adapted to other cultures and, today it is a more permissive holiday than at the beginning. The following is the Carnival in different parts of the world.
See also Carnival.
The Venice Carnival is one of the most famous, especially for the creation and use of masks and masks. This tradition derives from the Romans and its greatest splendor was during the 18th century.
The masks were used on various occasions, both in carnivals and to attend plays, love affairs or to carry out conspiracies, since the masks allow anonymity.
Currently, the Venice Carnival is celebrated for ten days in which costumes and masks of great detail are displayed and displayed that fascinate the spectator.
The Sambadrome is a stadium designed to hold the Carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro, which has a capacity to receive about 70,000 people annually.
In Brazil the celebration of Carnival came with the conquest in America by the Spanish and Portuguese. However, the Brazilian Carnival has variations in relation to how it is celebrated in Europe thanks to the mixture of European, Brazilian and African culture.
From this mixture comes the tradition of throwing water, parades with floats, popular dances and costumes with a lot of color and detail.
In Brazil, various samba schools have been created, especially to prepare over the course of a year the theme, design and manufacture of the floats, costumes and dances to be exhibited at the Sambadrome.
Carnival in winter
The Nice Carnival is the most important in France and takes place over two weeks during which it receives thousands of tourists each year and is characterized by allegorical floats. This tradition derives from the Christian tradition, in which Lent begins after Carnival.
The Nice Carnival has two float shows that reflect part of its history and are very popular, called the “Corso” and “Battle of the flowers”.
Carnival Queen of Barranquilla
The Barranquilla Carnival has been part of the history of Colombia since the 19th century after the arrival of the colonizers. It is celebrated from Saturday to Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
It is one of the most visited festivities in Colombia and is a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.
In 1918 the first Carnival Queen of Barranquilla was elected, a tradition that still continues. The Queen is a figure that is designated annually to preside over the Carnival and is the spokesperson for the activities that will take place during those three days, after the enactment of the Carnival fun and enjoyment law.
Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the most important Carnival festivities in Spain, followed by the Cádiz Carnival and the Águilas Carnival. The first references to this celebration date back to the 18th century.
This Carnival is celebrated in two different ways. One of them is in the streets with the participation of all citizens. The other, and more acclaimed, is the one that is carried out with a large number of comparsas, parades, costumes and musical groups, in which a Carnival Queen is also chosen.
The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is considered the second best known and most popular after the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro.
Carnival in Mexico
In Mexico, as well as in other countries, Carnival is celebrated in a large number of cities and towns with a particular meaning. For this reason, mention is made of several of the Carnival festivities that take place in this country.
Among the most important and oldest is the Mazatlán Carnival, in which the King of joy and the Queen of Carnival are crowned. The Carnival of Veracruz derives from the cultural mix that occurred during the colony and is considered one of the happiest carnivals in the world.
For its part, the Campeche Carnival is characterized by the burning of a doll that represents bad humor and the unwanted. We can also mention the Carnival of Tlaxcala, of Nahua origin, which stands out for the colors of the costumes, the allegorical floats and the burning of a doll that represents the lack of humor.