It's Carnival season

By Kenia Cris

Image by Simone Merli

Carnaval,  Masopust, Busójárás, Fastelavn, Carnival,  Fastnacht, Apokrié, Sitalsasthi,  Vastenavond, Karneval,  Fašiangy, Mardi Gras, Murga – are some of the names for parties happening all around the world generally before Lent.

Patras, Greece – Ioannis Evagelou

Carnival tradition has European elements dating back to the followers of the Catholic religion, who started the tradition of wild costume festivals before the first day of Lent. The Festival was called “Carnivale” which means “to put away the meat” since Catholics are not supposed to eat meat during Lent.

Cologne, Germany – Ingo Schultz

Cologne Carnival is organized by a committee, the Festkomitee Kölner Karneval, which was created in 1823 and it’s one of the biggest in Europe.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands – Esperanza Hernández Carralero

Vibrant colorful costumes, giant puppets, floats, folk music, masquerading, parades and carnival revellers dancing on the streets in major cities in different parts of the globe.

São Paulo, Brazil – Levi Bianco

Brazil holds the biggest party in the world with different celebrations all through the country, which stops for nearly a week.

Cape Town, South Africa – Christoph Lenz

Kaapse Klopse, Cape Town Minstrel Festival, happens in January and brings mainly the working class to the streets to remember the horrors of slavery. Minstrels march in bright colored outfit carrying colorful umbrellas or playing musical instruments.

Bahia, Brazil – Priscila Lima

Notting Hill, England – Kevin Meredith

The Notting Hill Carnival, originated in 1964,  was a way for Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their own cultures and traditions.

Venice, Italy – Netcos81

New Orleans, USA – Chuck Patch

In New Orleans, inexpensive strings of beads and toys have been thrown from floats to parade-goers since  the late 19th century.

New York, USA – Hans Christian Barth

Venice, Italy – Bruce Croft

Notting Hill, England – Marcel Sauer

Basel, Switzerland – Robert Bargmann

In 1980, The Federation of European Carnival Cities (FECC) was founded in an attempt to bring together cities, organizations and individual members  engaged in producing carnivals which represent people’s authentic cultural identity.

Cape Town, South Africa – Max Barners

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