Old traditional maks at the Carnival in Venice/Italy 2017

It's like a virus one can't get rid of
The amazingly beautiful Carnival in Venice

Venice/Italy (2017)Oops, I did it again! I have been to the Carnival in Venice again! The Venetian carnival is like a virus I can't get rid of. I got infected with it in the early eighties after the "Carnevale di Venezia" was revived again and ever since I feel this itch once a year to be in the "Lagoon City" when its narrow alleys and big squares fill up again with people disguising themselves with incredibly beautiful masks and magnificent traditional festive Venetian clothes, ready to celebrate the "Carnevale" in Venetian style. Despite the masses, despite any better judgment and despite
bad experiences I might have had the years before. Fortunately my brain works fully in favor
of this virus I have by fading out bad experiences from the past. Thanks to these circumstances
I get to experience "La maschera più bella", the contest for the most beautiful mask
during the Venetian Carnival, in one of the most beautiful cities of the world again and again.  
Almost lost for good – The spirit of the Venetian carnival celebration   
If history would have taken a different course, we wouldn't even be able to celebrate or attend the grand celebration of the Carnival in Venice today. The Venetian carnival which dates back to 1268 was suppressed for almost two centuries. The doges who condemned the carnival and also the popes who denounced it, couldn't stop the Venetians from celebrating their traditional event but Napoleon could and did. When he took Venice in 1796, he broke the spirit of the Carnival in Venice. Even the change of power from the French to the Austrians in the fallen Republic of Venice couldn't bring back the carnival in the following years. The Austrians had annexed Venice according to the peace treaty concluded at Campo Formio in 1797. They permitted in their second government the use of masks again during the carnival in the "Lagoon City", but the carnival was dead, the spirit was lost. Venice until then widely known as the "City of Carnival" refused to celebrate. The Venetians had stored their masks and clothes away and refused to bring them back out. With that one of the unique Venetian traditions, the common celebrations of the rich and poor, was gone. Napoleon wasn't the only one who obviously didn't like carnival celebrations, Mussolini's fascist party also banned the Venetian carnival in the 1930's completely. 

If it wouldn't have been for a few members of a Venetian artisan group in 1979 and for some business-minded tourism managers in the beginning of the 1980ies who restarted the old tradition of celebrating carnival in Venetian style, the Carnival in Venice as we know it today would only exist in history books. In case you didn't know: "Carnevale" is derived from the Latin "carnem levare" which means "to take meat away". Most of the people in Venice belonged to the Catholic church and gave up meat during Lent according to their faith.  

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  53.  wostphoto, Flight of the Eagle, “Volo dell’Aquila”, with Melissa Satta as eagle
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  58. wostphoto, Carnival in Venice 2017 composite of gondola with masks all around
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  60. wostphoto, Composite of the doctors mask of the Carnival in Venice 2017
  61. wostphoto, Masks in tradtional clothing posing at the Carnival in Venice 2017