Carnival in the Czech Republic

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On 17 th February 2015 is Carnival's Tuesday. And the carnival culminates! Masopust tradition (carnival) is a three-days festival between the Three Kings Day to Ash Wednesday.

Folk festivites with mask parades accompanied by folk musicians are also organised in almost each towns and villages. Tuesday is a day of parade! A multitude of masks - whose significance and symbolism are not well known nowadays - are present in the traditional parades. The most popular human characters are devils, chimney sweeps, cow herders and ring masters. The most popular animals are bears, goats, dogs, sheep, rams, pigs, chickens or a horse who carries a bag in his mouth and collects doughnuts into it. Many of these creatures are too noisy and scary. Masks in parade are dancing, shouting and friendly chating with audience.

Roots of the carnival traditions can be found in ancient Greece and Rome. Carnival in Rome became on the top around the middle of the second century as a way to feast and act wild before the somber days of Lent. They wore costumes and masks. They celebrated god Bacchus and goddess Venus.

This carnival tradition has been passed down most of all in Moravia, although it is also celebrated in Bohemia, with each village having its own version of the celebration.

Carnival is still very popular folk activity and if you have a luck, you will meet the parade during the walk on the streets.

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