Half Lent celebration in Bergamo

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Half Lent celebration in Bergamo Reviews

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Half Lent celebration in Bergamo Feb 02, 2017
The most famous carnival celebration of Italy is surely the Venetian Carnival which is very well known around the world, on the second position comes the carnival celebration of Via Reggio and thirdly the one from Cento (of Emilia) which maybe are popular and well known only in Italy, whereas the most original Italian carnival maybe is from Ivrea showing the famous oranges battle.

On the other hand there is a less know celebration related to carnival in the city of Bergamo which is very particular as it is not celebrated before the beginning of Lent but just on the Sunday in the middle of it and it is thought as a day of break of Lent itself. The origin of this Carnival from Bergamo is very old and goes back the ancient times and consists in the celebration for the so called “sawing and then burning of the wooden very old Lady”. The wooden old lady is the metaphor of particular problem of the city occurring during the year that local folk would like to eliminate definitively. This year the burnt problem was the wastage of political cost. The so called duke of Pontida square starts the celebration on his wagon and everything begins: hundreds of allegoric wagons parade in the city followed by thousands of people dancing , singing, throwing confetti, joking and trying to involve the audience. After many hours of entertainment and fun it takes place the burning of the wooden old lady and the prize giving of the best wagon.

What I like so much is the spirit of free fantasy and collective fun expressed by the people parading in the city. Each wagon and show is organized from people coming from the same village in the area of Bergamo accordingly to their fantasy and their desire of having fun. The ideas and themes are really disparate going from astronauts in the space to deep seas, from philosophy of times going on to hymns for peace, from the Maya and the end of the world to Santa Claus, from cartoons and fantasy such as Flintgstones and Sherk to Asterix and Obelix story, from official ethnic group such as Bolivians to unofficial Brazilian carnival, from surreal themes such as toy world to ordinary clowns. To have the right presentation of the meaning of it there is no word, you have to take a look to the pictures
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HORSCHECK says:
Interesting local custom. Fabulous photos here. Well done.
Posted on: Feb 02, 2017
monky says:
Congrats on your featured review Max!:D
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Congrats on being Today's Featured Travel Review.
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