Carnival in FRIBOURG REGION

Carnival is a fascinating celebration, not to Be missed.

Dating back to the dawn of time, the Indo-European traditions of Carnival reflect the hope reborn inside people with return of the light of spring. The word “carnival” comes from the Latin carnelevare, which means to put away flesh-it is the feast to say goodbye to sensual pleasures before Lent, during which you live soberly, chastely, and spiritually in order to deserve communion at Easter. The Carnival-like festivities of the pre-Christian era were wild with wine and food in abundance as well as animal sacrifices. Through such debauchery, the victory of the re-emerging sun was celebrated.

Starting in Europe in the 14th century, Carnival became a celebration which troubled but also fascinated. It played an important role in the development of literature, especially the theatre in Germany and Italy.

Historians suppose that many unknown and inexplicable prehistoric rites of various natures came together to make Carnival what it is today with its masks and costumes, noise, music, firecrackers, and so on. The festivities end with a fire, and, instead of burning people, there is now a dummy which represents winter; it is the way to announce the coming of spring and, in doing so, symbolically reject death-burning to bring back light and life.














 














 


 

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