Carnival of Venice will be held 27 Jan to 13 Feb 2018 in Venice, Italy.
Carnival of Venice is the world famous festival that is world-famed for its elaborate masks. Carnival, being a pre-Lent festival, means 'farewell to meat' and is celebrated throughout Italy and especially in Venice. Venice may be sinking, but Venice Carnival is elevating in its latest incarnation. It's amazing that this festival full of nostalgia is just a few decades renewed after going dark for two centuries. Both this city and this celebration are about getting lost and wandering. The meandering maze of alleyways is a metaphor for one's mind, soul and identity. Wearing a mask allows both reflection and fantasy to arise. In this modern day of cyber avatars, Venice Carnival is much more real, rich and resonant than any video game. While some may see it as just a set of aristocratic, fancy masquerade balls, it can be seen as more mysterious and full of serendipity. This Carnival is made for visually-minded introverts, and it doesn't have to be expensive. The grand masquerade balls might cost a fortune, but all you need is a mask and your wild imagination and you can wander the mist-shrouded alleys for days marveling at the mystery of many ghoulish identities. Carnival of Venice is an event and I like events...
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