Blacks and Whites Carnival is one of the winter festival celebrated in Columbia. During the festival, locals print their faces black one day and white the next. These are the two principal days of the Carnival of Blacks and Whites, which since 2009 is part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage.
The celebrations took place from the January 2 to January 7 and are famous for giant figures made by local artisans walking through the streets of the city. More than 10,000 people take part in the Black and White carnival, which has its origins in a mix of Andean, Amazonian and Pacific cultural expressions, in San Juan de Pasto, south-west Colombia.
On the final two days of the carnival, participants will wear black makeup, then white talcum, to symbolise equality and integration.
The Devil's Carnival is a very special culture that has had representatives in all genres of artistic and spiritual creation. It has its origins in the 19th century when the town of Riosucio was founded, after a territorial dispute between two bordering villages -Real de Mines in Quiebralomo and Nuestra Senora de La Montana.
The Devil's Carnival, which takes place every two years, is not a religious Devil, nor is it an anti-Christian feast. It does not touch the religiosity of men.
According to the tradition, the devil does not entail a religious sense but a state of mind inherited from the aboriginal cultural tradition and the mixture of cultures and races that lived the western part of what today is called Caldas, comprising Spaniards and slaves.
The Devil is an inspiring spirit of many things such as the preparation of the ears for the music and the body for the dance. It is who inspires writers and poets to make verses and songs. It is a good spirit of tradition, symbolic custodian of the party.
La Vijanera is a fiesta of festive nature which is celebrated in the town of Silio (Molledo), Cantabria (Spain) on the first Sunday of each year. The festival is popular in Europe and it has been declared a Fiesta of National Tourist Interest.
The first carnival of the year in Europe is a colorful masquerade involving approximately 60 characters (all male), la madama, el mancebo, los trapajones, el oso and su dueño, el pasiego, el caballero, la Pepa or Pepona, el médico, el domador, el húngaro, el viejo and la vieja, all dressed in a colorful and own function and symbolism.
During the festival, people dress up in sheepskins and weevils hats in addition to carrying the face painted black. They believe that painting the face in black will ward off the evil spirits during the year that jingling bells that are tied to the body. Its mission is to expel these spirits of the town coming up to the limits, tradition that points to much more ancient probably from the Roman times.
The second part of the celebration is to review the year-end. The Vijaneros waiters gather at the town square and read some verses that, in popular language and tones ranging from jocularity to the cruelty, analyze what happened in the past year from local to international.
The Vevcani Carnival is an event that happens only once a year in Macedonia. The event falls on January 13 and 14 of every year celebrating the arrival of the New Year according to the old calendar, a blend between the pagan and modern manner of celebration.
Vevcani Carnival, as per its specific characteristics, separates itself from the rest of the world carnivals due to its archaicity, tradition, secrecy and unique masks. More than 50,000 people come here from the country and abroad who enjoy the program of the festival.
The festival has its cultural and historical value since it is more than 1,400-year-old tradition. The carnival incorporates traditional ritual games and modern masks and is performed in honour of the religious holiday Saint Basil the Great (Sv.Vasilij) - the protector of the Vevcani Vasilichari, Vevcani, and Vevcani people.
The place of the carnival event is the whole city of Vevcani, which during its maintenance turns into a kind of theatre without borders where every house and street is a scene where the masked perform their plays as real actors
Carnival season is upon us and there is no shortage of celebrations happening all around the world. We've rounded up some of the carnivals that occurred this month. Here are four such Carnivals that are the maddest parties on the planet. It's Carnival time! (Pics/ AFP)
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