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Ah, the carnival! Venice

These days in thunders famous Venice Carnival. It began on 2 February and will delight with bright colors, catchy music and unbridled joy until February 12. Traditionally, the carnival of Venice takes place 10 days before the beginning of lent.

According to documentary information about Venice carnival thousands of years. And its origins lie in the Roman ritual ceremonies. In medieval Venice carnival was much longer than it is now. Finished it, as now, before lent, but began in late December, and the mask was allowed to carry on 1 October. Some sources say that in the thirteenth century the Venetians masks dressed in lent, to have fun without being recognized servants of the Church.

In the mask it was possible to go beyond the conventional rules, hiding the face. Not by chance in Venice carnival masks to gain such popularity that they were worn on ordinary days. Often masks dressed to commit nefarious deeds. So gradually, they began to ban.

With 1339 year he released a new law banning the wearing of masks at night were also placed restrictions on visits to convents of men in female masks.

Since 1608 the mask was completely forbidden, since people already in the mask it was impossible to carry a gun, to visit churches, monasteries and any holidays Continue reading

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