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Carnival in Europe

Festivals & Traditions

Carnival celebrations are very popular all over Europe and a signature event in winter. Regardless of the cold weather, people in Europe look forward to the celebrations and festivities during the winter time. Customs and traditions vary quite a bit from country to country in duration and themes. The carnival tradition goes way back into pagan times, the centuries of Germanic, Roman and Christian customs. Carnival, the fifth season, is celebrated worldwide. The Carnival in Europe is celebrated massively and hilariously. Whether you call this foolish time Carnival, Fastnacht or Fasching differs from region to region. Diplomats Society is showing you how the Europeans celebrate the carnival and where the biggest celebrations take place.

Carnival in France

February 15 - 29 | CARNAVAL DE NICE

Carnival in France is celebrated in some big french cities such as Nice and Dunkerque and also in many smaller towns. The Carnival in Nice is the most important in France and one of the most famous in the world, attracting millions of people each year. It takes place every year during February and is one of the most popular events on the French Riviera. Approximately twenty tons of confetti and more than 100.000 flowers are used at the most important carnival celebrations on the Côte d'Azur. At the famous Bataille des Fleurs (flower battle) flower princesses throw mimosas, roses and daffodils at the crowd. No less than 11 official events will take place around the place Masséna and the Albert 1er gardens from February 15 to 29. More than 2 weeks and 3 week-ends of multi-coloured parades and traditional flower parades to discover and marvel at the Carnaval de Nice.

Carnival in Germany

The Carnival in Germany, widely known as the fifth season, officially begins on the 11th of November at exactly 11:11 a.m. and 11 seconds, but the true highlight starts with the weekend before Ash Wednesday, about six weeks before Easter. From Thursday to Tuesday the street carnival is hilariously celebrated in German strongholds, especially in the Rhine area. Cologne, Düsseldorf and Mainz are among the carnival strongholds in Germany. But not only there, even in many small towns and villages, there are many Carnival, Fastnacht and Fasching clubs organizing parades. Colorful parades with carnival floats, bands, folks and people dressed in costumes celebrate the season in an exuberant fashion.

 

In Cologne the participants scream the common Carnival greeting "Alaaf", in Düsseldorf they say the Carnival greeting "Helau", and all children and adults scramble to grab the popular "Kamelle" (candies) which are thrown into the crowds from the floats by the thousands on “Rosenmontag” (Rose Monday) - the popular Carnival Monday. Another special tradition is the Women’s Carnival. The night before Carnival Thursday belongs to the women. Tradition has it, that the women attack the men and cut their ties off.

Carnival in Italy

February 8 - 25 | CARNEVALE DI VENEZIA

The Carnival of Venice (Carnevale di Venezia) is one of the most famous carnival celebrations in Europe. During the carnival festivities, the Italian lagoon city is filled with typical creative costumes, Venetian masks and opulent balls in the palazzi. The carnival starts off with a parade every year. One day later the famous "Volo dell'angelo" (Angel Flight) follows. The angel is always a known personality (at least regionally) who floats from the Campanile (bell tower on St. Mark’s Square) on a rope to earth. During Carnevale di Venezia, the whole Venice is on the go and numerous tourists fill the streets.

 

However, carnival celebrations in Italy are not restricted to Venice. Many towns and villages celebrate carnival in Italy with masks and parades. You can see many children dressed in costumes on the streets and some pubs and bars have special offers for costumed guests. Another special Carnival is the historic Carnival in Ivrea, that has its roots in the Middle Ages and is characterized by the orange fight. Oranges are used as missiles to symbolize the missery of the population against the aristocracy.

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Carnival in Europe

Festivals & Traditions

Carnival celebrations are very popular all over Europe and a signature event in winter. Regardless of the cold weather, people in Europe look forward to the celebrations and festivities during the winter time. Customs and traditions vary quite a bit from country to country in duration and themes. The carnival tradition goes way back into pagan times, the centuries of Germanic, Roman and Christian customs. Carnival, the fifth season, is celebrated worldwide. The Carnival in Europe is celebrated massively and hilariously. Whether you call this foolish time Carnival, Fastnacht or Fasching differs from region to region. Diplomats Society is showing you how the Europeans celebrate the carnival and where the biggest celebrations take place.

Carnival in France

February 15 - 29

CARNAVAL DE NICE

Carnival in France is celebrated in some big french cities such as Nice and Dunkerque and also in many smaller towns. The Carnival in Nice is the most important in France and one of the most famous in the world, attracting millions of people each year. It takes place every year during February and is one of the most popular events on the French Riviera.

Approximately twenty tons of confetti and more than 100.000 flowers are used at the most important carnival celebrations on the Côte d'Azur. At the famous Bataille des Fleurs (flower battle) flower princesses throw mimosas, roses and daffodils at the crowd. No less than 11 official events will take place around the place Masséna and the Albert 1er gardens from February 15 to 29. More than 2 weeks and 3 week-ends of multi-coloured parades and traditional flower parades to discover and marvel at the Carnaval de Nice.

Carnival

in Germany

The Carnival in Germany, widely known as the fifth season, officially begins on the 11th of November at exactly 11:11 a.m. and 11 seconds, but the true highlight starts with the weekend before Ash Wednesday, about six weeks before Easter. From Thursday to Tuesday the street carnival is hilariously celebrated in German strongholds, especially in the Rhine area. Cologne, Düsseldorf and Mainz are among the carnival strongholds in Germany. But not only there, even in many small towns and villages, there are many Carnival, Fastnacht and Fasching clubs organizing parades. Colorful parades with carnival floats, bands, folks and people dressed in costumes celebrate the season in an exuberant fashion.

In Cologne the participants scream the common Carnival greeting "Alaaf", in Düsseldorf they say the Carnival greeting "Helau", and all children and adults scramble to grab the popular "Kamelle" (candies) which are thrown into the crowds from the floats by the thousands on “Rosenmontag” (Rose Monday) - the popular Carnival Monday. Another special tradition is the Women’s Carnival. The night before Carnival Thursday belongs to the women. Tradition has it, that the women attack the men and cut their ties off.

Carnival in Italy

February 8 - 25

CARNEVALE DI VENEZIA

The Carnival of Venice (Carnevale di Venezia) is one of the most famous carnival celebrations in Europe. During the carnival festivities, the Italian lagoon city is filled with typical creative costumes, Venetian masks and opulent balls in the palazzi. The carnival starts off with a parade every year. One day later the famous "Volo dell'angelo" (Angel Flight) follows. The angel is always a known personality (at least regionally) who floats from the Campanile (bell tower on St. Mark’s Square) on a rope to earth. During Carnevale di Venezia, the whole Venice is on the go and numerous tourists fill the streets.

However, carnival celebrations in Italy are not restricted to Venice. Many towns and villages celebrate carnival in Italy with masks and parades. You can see many children dressed in costumes on the streets and some pubs and bars have special offers for costumed guests. Another special Carnival is the historic Carnival in Ivrea, that has its roots in the Middle Ages and is characterized by the orange fight. Oranges are used as missiles to symbolize the missery of the population against the aristocracy.

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