by Rosangela Cimino, St. John's University
What is Carnevale? Where did it originate? The word Carnevale, comes from the Latin word meaning "Farewell Meat" or "Carnelevare," which in Italian literally means to remove meat. Carnevale is celebrated in Italy forty days before Easter. People party to celebrate before Ash Wednesday and the restrictions of Lent, where they are not allowed to eat meat, butter, and eggs. This year carnevale is celebrated from February 9th-20th.
Venice is the city where this originated, which dates back to May 2nd 1268. "Maschere" also known as masks are a major part of Carnevale in Venice. Years ago people would where these masks to disguise themselves, this was because of the different social classes.
Maschere di Venezia