Carnival of Venice is an annual festival organized at Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends forty days before Easter with celebration of Lent which is a religious observance between Christians. The Carnival is world famous – it always takes place during the ten days leading up to Shrove Tuesday. Carnival, being a pre-Lent festival, means ‘farewell to meat’ and is celebrated throughout Italy.
It was first held in Venice in the 11th century and consisted of over two months of revelry, until it fell into decline during the 18th century. It was revived in 1979 with great success and nowadays it is a great excuse to don a mask and costume, parade around the city, enjoy the live music in the main squares of the city, the events organised by the tourist board and is a wonderful open-air festival where everyone can join in. Fantastic costumes are displayed in St Mark’s Square and Venice is the perfect back-drop for amazing photographs.
According to official website venice-carnival-italy.com, the Carnival departs on 5th Feb, 6th Feb and 7th Feb with tickets starting from Rs. 18,000 to Rs. 47,000.