Carnival is a Western Christian festive season that occurs before the liturgical season of Lent.
The main events typically occur during February or early March, during the period historically known as Shrovetide.
Carnival typically involves a public celebration and/or parade combining some elements of a circus, masks, and a public street party. People wear masks and costumes during many such celebrations, allowing them to lose their everyday individuality and experience a heightened sense of social unity.
Many believe that by dressing up and masking themselfs they are chasing away the winter and welcoming the spring, so carnival is known as a passage from darkness to light, fertiliy celebration and as the first spring festival of the new year.
Excessive consumption of alcohol, meat, and other foods proscribed during Lent is extremely common. It therefore make sense that the name carnival comes from a latin word carne (meat).
Rio de Janeiro's carnival is considered the world's largest, hosting approximately two million participants per day and even more spectators.
Traditional Carnival Costume from Slovenia called Kurent or Korant
Rio has it's own carnival, so does Venice, Cologne, Ptuj and many more towns around the world.
They all have one thing in common,... people dress up in costumes and party the day and night away.
In Slovenia, they believe that they will chase the winter away this way.
Browse through some photos from our previous Carnival