There is a tradition that has carried over from the time the Romans ruled much of the then known world. Since then, the tradition has grown, and then spread to various areas of the world. From the simple gorging on meat and alcohol before giving it all up on Lent, to having exquisite parties on the street, resplendent with ornate costumes, carnival celebrations today are a sight to behold.
Nowadays, a carnival is an event that should not be missed from anyone’s bucket list. And that’s the reason for this article, to bring to you some of the greatest carnivals that are little known to many people.
Somewhere off the West coast of Africa, lies a series of beautiful islands. As is with many of these smaller islands around Africa, the Europeans claimed them and have since remained under their jurisdiction. In this case, it’s the Spanish who claim jurisdiction.
On this island is the city of Santa Cruz, which is famous for hosting the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival. This is a carnival that takes place over an entire month. The best part is the last week, which is held a week to Ash Wednesday.
Between the scenic views and the month-long party, you won’t be short of fun activities to partake in. Many Europeans have fallen in love with Tenerife and have chosen to buy a property on the island. You’ve been warned, after discovering the beauty of the Canary islands, you won’t want to leave!
If you’re looking for something with a rich history, then this is something you don’t want to miss. Here is a carnival that has records dating to the 1290’s. This probably is the Jurassic era for carnivals that still exist to date.
The carnival is famous for bringing in more than a million people into the city of Nice in France. The carnival takes place over a period of two weeks. It is known for having a variety of features such as parades, masquerades, satirical floats and various types of competitions.
Here is a festival that’s even older than the Nice Festival and dates back to 1162. It has survived various political and religious changes to become what it is today. Held in the picturesque city of Venice, the Venetian Festival is widely known for having some of the best face mask game in the world.
So popular is the Venetian Festival that even the masks and general setting have inspired several pop culture works such as the movie Eyes Wide Shut. It even inspired Edgar Allan Poe to write a book set entirely in Venice.
This list would not be complete without a Caribbean festival. The numerous islands in the Caribbean each have their own flavors, but none is more famous than the Trinidad & Tobago Carnival.
This is a carnival that is popular for the colorful costumes that are put on display, the various music genres from the Caribbean islands such as Soca and Raga, and the exuberant expressions that the participants are fond of showing to those around them.
The festival is also responsible for creating steelpans as a musical instrument after a series of bans after violent riots in the late 19th Century.