Immerse yourself in the Magic of Carnival

Immerse yourself in the Magic of Carnival

At The Duke Shops, we will explore the fascinating history of carnivals, rooted in pagan festivals dedicated to Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, as well as the Roman Saturnalia and Lupercalia, and even celebrations in honour of the bull Apis in Ancient Egypt. Carnival, which precedes Lent and varies its date between February and March, traditionally begins on Maundy Thursday and ends on Shrove Tuesday. This festival is distinguished by a combination of elements such as costumes, group singing, parades and lively street parties. In its beginnings, imbued with a certain religious modesty, carnival was characterised by a period of permissiveness and debauchery.

Costumes play a crucial role in carnival, allowing people to embody any character, from film figures to animals, thus concealing their identity. Places like Venice, Italy, are known for their elaborate costumes, complemented by intricate masks covering the face. In culinary terms, Carnival is a time of abundant food and even more generous consumption of drinks. In places like Brazil, carnival is celebrated with lavish feasts and copious libations.

At The Duke Shops, we are excited to be actively involved in the carnival celebrations and are delighted to announce that we will soon be sharing details of the exciting events taking place in our shopping centre. Stay tuned for more information!

In short, the carnival, with its roots in pagan festivities, is a global celebration that stands out for its costumes and exquisite cuisine. At The Duke Shops, we are excited to join in celebrating this holiday with our valued customers – stay tuned for more details about the events happening at our mall!