Carnevale is a traditional Christian festival (equivalent to the mardi gras in Brazil) that marks the beginning of Lent. It is celebrated all over Italy during the month of February with towns and villages holding it on different dates during the month thus allowing each village to have its turn and giving the residents a chance to attend as many Carnevale’s as they wish.
Many of the towns have Carnevale parades followed by masquerade balls, entertainment, music nd parties. Anyone can dress-up in costume but you will see mainly children in a variety of outfits going around throwing confetti at each other. It is also a time for practical jokes and pranks, anything goes at carnival time.
This festival has roots in pagan festivals and traditions, although many traditional festivals are often adapted to fit into the Catholic rituals.
Venice is one of the best places to experience Carnevale, with people wearing elaborate costumes and masks. There are many masquerade balls held at this time of year, both private and public.