Carnival is a festive season which occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February. Carnival typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party. People often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations, which mark an overturning of the norms of daily life. In Germany and the Netherlands, the Carnival season is traditionally opened on 11/11 (often at 11:11 a.m.). This dates back to celebrations before the former longer Advent season (40 days now reduced to about four weeks), or with harvest celebrations of St. Martin's Day.
Carnival is traditionally held in areas with a large Catholic and to a lesser extent, Eastern Orthodox makeup.
|Deborah Leng at Elton John's 50th birthday party, April 6th 1997 (detail).|
|Jane Asher and Vincent Price in "The Masque of the Red Death", 1964. |
Screen captures by Vandonovan, from http://community.livejournal.com/janeasher/
|Tina Aumont in Fellini's Casanove, 1976. The tagged pics are our screencaps.|