Probably you are asking yourselves what I mean by the title of this post. Probably it sounds ridiculous and crazy, or too “vegetarian” to you. If is so let me clarify what I mean in the paragraphs below.
To “eliminate/remove meat” (i.e. “no meat”) is related to that 6-week period of time before Easter that is known as Lent in the Christian world. That period is preceded by great feasts and traditional celebrations among the Christians which all we know as carnivals. The word “carnival” originates from the two Latin words carne “meet” and vale “to remove or eliminate”. So, if I have to make a recap, carnivals are those Christian feste that proceed Lent.
And which are the two most notorious carnivals? Of course … that of Venice (Italy) and of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). 🙂
There is no doubt that the most notable, colourful and eye-catching world famous carnival is held by The Motley Cariocas before Lent annually. The feast of Rio de Janeiro is really a parade of colours and opulent costumes (wooow …. 😉 ). It is observed with noisy dances performed by numerous samba schools that rehearse for one whole year. That world famous carnival is really notorious and one is lucky to be one out of the two million people (locals and tourists, and participants alike) who share together the same festive emotion every day in the streets of the city.
Flavours, food, wine, banquets and conviviality 40 days before Easter! This is a brief description of the annual carnevale of La Serenissima. It is much older than that of Rio. If the first Brazilian observation of that kind started in 1723, the Venetian one dates back to the times of the Serenissima Republic, when after the glorious victory of 1162 people celebrated it with noisy dances and songs in San Marco Square. It became an official observation in the Renaissance and a prestigious celebration supporting the illustrious image of the Venetian Republic. The carnival was outlawed in some periods of time but despite this, it’s been one of the most spectacular events worldwide ever since, prosopon and elaborate costumes being the most remarkable elements del carnevale di Venezia.