CARNEVALE LADINO | Val di Fassa Carnival

carnevale ladinoIn Val di Fassa il Carnevale rappresenta l’evento più suggestivo e popolare della tradizione folcloristica e culturale ladina. Un appuntamento che ogni anno vive e si rinnova attraverso le “mascherèdes“, che trovano la loro origine in rappresentazioni burlesche e canzonatorie di personaggi appartenuti all’antica quotidianità fassana, e le realizzazioni artistiche delle ”faceres“, le maschere lignee intagliate con estrema maestria dagli scultori locali.

Per tutto il periodo di carnevale (dal 17 gennaio, festa del patrono Sant’Antonio Abate ad Alba fino al Martedì Grasso), da Penia di Canazei a Moena, si potrà assistere a spettacoli teatralifeste di piazza, gare sulla neve con sci e slitte (“le lese da corni” in ladino), sfilate di carri allegorici, gran balli in maschera sagre.


The Carnival is the most characteristic cultural and folkloristic event of Val di Fassa; it is the beating heart of this small Ladin world whose colours and sounds are overwhelming. The Carnival is an ancient tradition relived year after year with the “Maschèredes” or comical performances featuring the most well-known traditional characters that that place in Penia. Here the celebrations and evening performances begin with the Festival of Saint Sebastian (Penia’s patron) on 19th January. But the Val di Fassa Carnival is above all a party, a chance to dress up, have fun and let go before the solemnity of Lent. The locals love dressing up, putting on masks and traditional costumes and making fun of others. Carnival is inborn in local popular culture displaying a vitality that is perhaps the most distinguishing element. There are also the famous wooden masks, “faceres“, created by the valley’s most renowned sculptors and by many people passionate about intaglio. The masks represent a way of expressing themselves. The Carnival spirit is embodied in the vibrant hues of the multicoloured costumes of “Bufon” and “Laché“, and in the wooden masksportraying the beautiful and the uglythe good nad the evil, with just enough indifference to make fun without doing any harm.

From 17th January (on Saint Anthony’s Day, Alba’s patron) until Shrove Tuesday, the whole of the Val di Fassa is alive with fancy dress parades, open-air shows, theatrical performances and lively street parties like the fun one which is organised in Campitello.

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