Carnival in Tuscany
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We are approaching February, the carnival month. Carnival has found in Tuscany the perfect location to fully express its spirit dedicated to playing and breaking down social barriers. There are Celebrations and Parades in every Tuscan town, even the smallest one….
The Carnival origins are to be found in two ancient traditions: the Latin Saturnalia and the Greek Dionysian cults – major religious festivals involving the use of masks and symbolic representations. Today’s festivals are derived from medieval propitiatory rituals meant to appease the townspeople and create a joyous atmosphere to bring in the New Year. The better to celebrate this time of merriment, all excesses were authorized. It was also a time for mocking everything and everybody at everyone’s expense, behind masks, protected by disguises until Mardi Gras here are the findings. Then, the following day feasts are over and Easter’s Lent starts.