Today our post from “Detourism: La newsletter di Venezia”, the newsletter prepared by the Tourism Office of the Town of Venice, is dedicated to the Carnival of Venice! And while Pancake Day is approaching… are you ready to celebrate Venice Carnival 2021 on line with us? Here you can find all the events you just can’t miss out! Enjoy your reading!
ONE OF ITALY’S OLDEST CARNIVALS, THE MOST RENOWNED IN EUROPE FOR CENTURIES
The Venice Carnival is one of the most popular events in the city’s calendar.
- Dating back to 11th century, it is held every year in the weeks leading up to Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday): it marks a period of excess, public performances, masquerade balls and banquets before Lent, the 40 days of fasting in the run up to Easter.
- The Venice carnival was once outlawed by the Government: the term appeared for the first time in 1094 in a decree issued by the Doge Vitale Falier, referring to public festivities held before the start of Lent. The feast was then officially established in 1296, when the day before Lent was declared a public holiday.
- Venice was renowned for its masquerade parties during the 18th century, when its carnival reached a climax. The atmosphere of that period is brilliantly expressed in the paintings of Pietro Longhi, Francesco Guardi, Giandomenico Tiepolo and Gabriel Bella in two Venetian museums – the Querini Stampalia (read the museum guide) and the Ca’ Rezzonico museum (read the museum guide).
- Since 1797, Napoleon and then the Austrian domination had decreed an end to costume and public festivities. Revived in 1979, the Venice carnival has become a longstanding tradition celebrated every year.
The Venice Carnival 2021 will be live streamed online on the official social channels as a series of events celebrating its origins, traditions and curiosities. The online event will take place over eight days – from February 6 to February 7, and then from February 11 to February 16. During this time, a vast array of exclusive performances will be broadcast online, from Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, which hosts the Venice Casino. Find out more!
[source: La newsletter di Venezia, N° 3/2021 del 04.02.2021]
[picture: Francesco Guardi, “Il Ridotto di Palazzo Dandolo a San Moisè”, 1746-1750. Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia / Google Arts & Culture]
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