Venice: the Magic Carnival and the fritole

Who has never heard of the Carnival of Venice?

The feast of the Venetian Carnival is among the best known in the world: Venice is tinged with colors and masks and dances and songs continue in the days dedicated until the morning but, what is the history of the most romantic Carnival in the world?

The first memory date back to 1094 when, under the doge Vitale Falier power, a document certified the occurrence of 'public' entertainment during the period before Lent. In 1296, the Senate officially declares public theVenetian Carnival.

Going back to basics, however, it must be said that this festival has its roots in pagan rituals that signed the transition from winter to spring (just think to the rites Latin Saturnalia or the Dionysian cults and orgies) and whose common denominator was the motto: 'once a year is reasonable (and necessary) to indulge in excesses'.

Once the Carnival lasted from the first Sunday in October to reach its climax in the days before Lent and the streets were populated by jugglers and tumblers, acrobats and street vendors that offered at every street corner, delicacies of all kinds including, the famous fritoe venexiane.

Over the centuries there have been many notable Carnival and only during the fall of the Venetian Republic, the occupation by the Austrians on the territory of the Venetian Republic marked a period of stagnation for this colorful festival.

Despite today's, days dedicated to the Carnival are reduced about ten, but the jolly venetian spirit is still intact and Venetian culinary traditions testify again also with the preparation of the fritoe which, although no longer prepared by fritoleri of '600 (as also attested Goldoni, who chose a fritolera as the protagonist of the famous comedy 'The Campiello') but in the finest bakeries homegrown, preserving intact the fragrance and the skillful preparation to the point that these fritters adapted itself to the mixed culture of Venetian Jewish, with a similar recipe , it is used to honor the feast of 'fate', Purim, also known as the Jewish carnival.

Enjoy your Carnival days!

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