One of the reasons why so many visitors from all over the world go to Italy is the seemingly undending celebrations happening every year. It is in this side of the world where people sure know how to party, as there’s no stop to huge celebrations happening. From music festivals to celebrations on food, from music events to carnivals, this place has indeed lots of things to be merry about.
One of the festivals that bears a great importance in Italy is the Putignano Carnival. The thing that makes this celebration so special is that it’s one of the oldest festivals not just in Italy, but in the world (the earliest records found about this festival dates back to as early as 1934). Similar to the annual Viareggio Carnival, this celebration involves the main attraction of paper mache floats and masks.
To be held in the town of Putignano in the province of Bari in Puglia, the Putignano Carnival this year will happen from February 5 to February 21, 2012, and will have the same elaborate and grand festivities that millions have witnessed since the day it first happened. This festival officially happens on the 26th of December (when the Holy Relics are transferred from Monopoli to Putignano), but it is in February when ornate floats will come in.
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The most important highlights of this festival are the paper mache floats, which are as significant as they are beautiful. They are usually satirical, representing politicians and other prominent personalities that the people have something to say to. Also, one of the most important figures to learn about this festival is Farinella (which is originally a dish made of ground chick peas and toasted barley), the attraction that is always part of the festivities, which has a costume adorned with beautiful patches, a three-pointed hat, and bells.
Lots of different events await this year, which will allow you to choose a spot where you’d have the best time. Some of them are: a Multimedia Exhibition and Photo Contest and the first parade of masks on February 5, a Latin music and culture event on February 10, and a treadmill run in February 18. There will be differrent parades of the amazing floats, masquerades, and DJ sets, and parties for the whole event.
Make sure that you stay until the last day of the festival, as this is the time when you’ll have the most fun–if you don’t mind being splashed by water, that is. On the last day of the carnival, you can take part in a very interesting tradition of having people dressed as priests to splash “holy water” to passersby–getting refills fom miniature toilets, no less.
Being a part of this festival will make you be take part in history, and after all these years, this carnival still promises the most fun events and festivities that will definitely not give a dull moment.