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A typical Italian festivity: the Carnival/Una festività tipica italiana: Carnevale February 15, 2008

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In Italia e nella nostra regione, la Basilicata, festeggiamo Carnevale in Febbraio o in Marzo, 40 giorni prima della Pasqua per tre giorni. Domenica, Lunedì e Martedì.
Durante questa festa ci mascheriamo da streghe, principesse, Spiderman, Zorro, Biancaneve ed altri. I bambini vanno di porta in porta e ricevono caramelle, cioccolate e soldi. L’ultima sera, a mezzanotte dopo una sfilata ed una festa, bruciamo un pupazzo fatto con vecchi vestiti, che rappresenta Carnevale, su un falò proprio come il vostro ” Guy”. Durante questi giorni , fra le altre cose, si mangiano un sacco di polpette.

In Italy and in our region, Basilicata,we celebrate Carnival in February or in March, 40 days before Easter for three days: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
During this festivity we put on masks like witches, princesses, Spiderman, Zorro, Snow-white and others.
Children go door to door and receive sweets, chocolates and money. The last night, at midnight, after a parade and a party, we burn a puppet made with old clothes, that represents Carnival, on a bonfire just like your “Guy”. during these days, with the other things, we eat a lot of meatballs.

Claase 4^B- Scuola Primaria “A. Ciancia”- Francavilla in Sinni (PZ)


13 Responses to “A typical Italian festivity: the Carnival/Una festività tipica italiana: Carnevale”

  1. stbrendans Says:

    Hello this is Catriona i’m11 years old and I live in Ireland. I enjoyed looking at your pictures. We just had our mid term break. Your pictures are really colourful. What age are you?

  2. Mario Says:

    Hello,we are happy you liked our pictures.
    We had our “quadrimeste” 1 month ago.
    We are 10 and we are in class 4 B.
    We hope to write you soon!
    Class 4B.

  3. students from Spain Says:

    Hello friends,
    we like your pictures about Carnival very much. They have got very nice colours!
    Student’s from 5th grade

  4. juruze Says:

    Hello, all friends,
    in Lithuania we also have this Holiday. Užgavėnės is a Lithuanian festival that takes place during the seventh week before Easter ( Ash Wednesday). Its name in English means “the time before Lent”. The celebration corresponds to Roman Catholic holiday traditions in other parts of the world, such as Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, and Carnaval.

    Užgavėnės begins on the night before Ash Wednesday, when an effigy of winter (usually named Morė) is burnt. A major element of the holiday, meant to symbolize the defeat of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, is a staged battle between Lašininis (“porker”), personifying winter, and Kanapinis (“hempen man”), who personifies spring. Devils, witches, goats, the grim reaper, gypsies, and other joyful and frightening characters appear in costume during the celebrations. The participants and masqueraders dance and eat the traditional dish of the holiday – pancakes with a variety of toppings, since round pancakes are a symbol of the returning sun. In the capitol city of Vilnius, the celebration takes place on Gediminas Avenue, as well as at many youth organizations. The festival is a major event at Rumšiškės park.

    My pupils create masks on papier-mâché technique. That day we are eat a lot’s of pancakes and in school yard we are burn an effigy of winter.
    We would like you invite next year in Lithuania during that Holiday 🙂
    With best wishes,
    Jūratė and 2nd grade kids

  5. lucia Says:

    hello ,friends
    I’m a student in 6 grade (11 yrs).CONCRATULATIONS FOR YOUR PICTURES!!!!!
    they are very nice.

  6. paula Says:

    I’m a student in 6 grade (12 yrs).CONGRATULATIONS for your pictures!!!!!!!
    they are very nice. You are very good are the best .

  7. Alba and Paula Says:

    we are 11 years old.Your pictures are fantastic.The one we like the best is about two princesses.
    Next weekend,we are going to make a poster about a big festival in Valencia: Las Fallas
    See you soon
    Paula and Alba.

  8. Shoo... Says:

    I´m Valeria Milius, I´m from Uruguay (Suoth America) I´m not speack in english!!!
    asi q hablo en español ok???
    wenoo noo se de q habla la pege peroo tah!
    wenoo xau!

  9. castielo Says:

    Very insightful post, thanks for sharing.

  10. cinemaz Says:

    Awesome post, Definitely very informative

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  12. brynh Says:

    Nice pictures, well done… 🙂

  13. Obese Says:

    Really great article and some fantastic pics. Keep it up!

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