The Car­ni­val of Venice (Ital­ian: Carnevale di Venezia)

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The Car­ni­val of Venice is an an­nual fes­ti­val held in Venice, Italy. The fes­ti­val is world fa­mous for its elab­o­rate masks and mas­quer­ade balls. The Car­ni­val ends with the Chris­tian cel­e­bra­tion of Lent, 40 days be­fore Easter. Ac­cord­ing to tra­di­tion, the Car­ni­val of Venice started in hon­our of the vic­tory over the Pa­tri­arch of Aquileia in the year 1162, when the peo­ple started to dance and cel­e­brate in San Marco Square. The Carnevale in Venice has been cel­e­brated non-stop since the 13th cen­tury and the cul­ture of mask­ing has a long tra­di­tion in Venice. By the time of the Re­nais­sance, masks were a fix­ture of Carnevale cel­e­bra­tions and the Vene­tians were cel­e­brat­ing Carnevale in style by the 16th cen­tury. Venice’s Carnevale fes­tiv­i­ties went down­hill with the Aus­trian con­quest of Venice in 1798, along with mask-wear­ing as well. Af­ter a long ab­sence, Venice’s Carnevale re­turned in 1979. The Ital­ian gov­ern­ment de­cided to bring back the his­tory and cul­ture of Venice and the long-for­got­ten art of mask-mak­ing was brought back by a group of Vene­tian ar­ti­sans. To­day, about three mil­lion peo­ple travel to Venice ev­ery year for the Carnevale di Venezia.

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