Celebrating Carnival in Venezuela is an idiosyncratic tradition that has its origins in colonial times when Venezuela was a colony of Spain. At the time when it was a colony, Carnival included rough games where people from the plantations used water as a weapon.
When did Carnival start in Venezuela?
This had been traditionally held in the month of December, but for weather and other reasons the celebration was moved to coincide with the Carnaval beginning in 1969. A highlight is the city parade of its comparsas, costumes and bands. During the nights, streets fill with the festive air of people looking to party.
Traditionally, the feast also was a time to indulge in sexual desires, which were supposed to be suppressed during the following period fasting. Before Lent began, all rich food and drink were consumed in what became a giant celebration that involved the whole community, and is thought to be the origin of Carnival.
What does a Carnival symbolize?
The carnival symbolizes a desire to invalidate the oppositions between the sexes, the social classes, and even between life and death.
What do Carnival people eat?
Top foods include traditional Brazilian recipes such as feijoada (slow-cooked pork and beans with rice), moqueca baiana (a fragrant fish stew) or carurú (a dish similar to gumbo made with shrimp and toasted nuts).
How do you celebrate the Carnival in Venezuela?
Traditionally, it’s a Catholic celebration to indulge in a big feast before having to fast during Lent, a custom brought to the Americas by Spanish colonizers. Today, the event is more of a huge party featuring parades, concerts, costumes, and copious eating and drinking.