Carnival in South Tyrol
A catholic feast to celebrate being together, joy, humour, but also to remember a world full of mystery, ancient rites and old traditions, elaborate masks and high class costumes. Carnival was already part of the Roman Saturnalia, an old festival in ancient Rome, but also in Egypt and in Babylon. As we conceive it today, Carnival and its tradition started in the Middle Ages and were always associated with Lent.
Many cities and small hamlets all over Italy organise events of various types, and South Tyrol plays its part, too: highly elaborate floats, theatre shows, wooden masks and ancient costumes. All this, and more, makes this catholic feast a superb way of celebrating happiness, whose soul has been untouched for centuries.