Sunday, 16 September 2012

#9

Venice, Italy. The Venice Carnival or Carnevale di Venezia occurs every year and ends with Lent, forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Martedì Grasso), the day before Ash Wednesday. Masked men and women parade through the squares dressed in elaborate costumes and there's always a party of some sort at any given moment.

Legend has it that the Carnival began with the victory of the "Repubblica della Serenissima", Venice's previous name, against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico in the year 1162. To honour the victory, people started to dance and make reunions in San Marco Square. Apparently, this festival started then and became official in the Renaissance.

But for some reason, the Carnival declined and ceased during the 18th century. In 1979, after a long absence, the Italian government decided to bring back the history and culture of Venice and sought to do so using the Carnival as the centerpiece of their efforts. Today, approximately 3 million visitors come to Venice every year for the Carnival.

My take on the Carnival of Venice is one mixed with awe and intrigue. For the most part, I think the costumes are stunning and beautiful, with their elaborate detail and exquisite finishes. But then there are times when I think they're kinda creepy. Either way, I'd still love to make my way there at some point to see it for myself. Here's a sneak peek at what to expect:












14 comments:

  1. It sets a standard all its own and is spectacular.

    I want to go in 2013.

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  2. That's totally not my scene - which is exactly why I'd love to see/experience it at least one time!

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  3. Bought a stunning(well in my opinion anyway nobody else fancied it) mask there back in 2006. Still looking for the perfect place in my home to have it displayed.

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  4. would love to experience that.
    i have a mask like those. went for an event where we were given one each. mine's purple.

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  5. Whoa, it's so utterly creepy but I'd still really love to go and see it all

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  6. ALL YOU LOVELY PEOPLE

    Yeah, I'd love to go in 2013. Will see how things pan out :)

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  7. OMG THE CREEPY.

    Eeeeek.

    ...but fascinating all the same!

    Missed you and your smart, eloquent posts. Mwah!

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  8. Oh I do love Venice. It's one of my favourite places. The masks in the shops are stunning and I would love to attend a masked ball there!

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  9. Pretzel Thief
    LOL! I know, in one light it's totally creepy... but also oddly beautiful in another. Much like life :)

    Juliette
    It would be great if Randy could organise a global blogger convention there ;)

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  10. Very nice photo shot, thanks for sharing.
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  11. They remind me of "embodied" ghosts come to revel in the flesh of human experience, before they are again cast into the void.

    Dean
    Http://leftcoastguy.com

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  12. Those pictures remind me of that movie with Tom Cruise and his then wife Nicole Kidman. Eyes Wide Shut I think it's called. Great pics.

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  13. Dean
    I never thought of them that way before - but now that you've mentioned it - yeah they do look like embodied ghosts :)

    RCB
    Congrats again Randy. I feel like your pic should be up here as well ;)

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