mercoledì 17 febbraio 2010

Carnival in our school

lunedì 15 febbraio 2010

Il vestito di Arlecchino/Harlequin's dress

Do you know why the dress
of Harlequin is made of many color? Read this story and you'll know.

There was once a child, called Harlequin, very poor man who lived with his mother in a humble cottage. For Carnival, the teacher organized a nice party and offered to all children to dress in masks. Harlequin's friends decided to dress in the last day of carnival masks with clothes sewn by their mothers. Harlequin was sad because his mother, who was a widow and poor, could not buy the fabric for his dress. The mothers of the friends of Harlequin gave her scraps of cloth, then so could the mother do the dress to
Harlequin . On the morning of Shrove Tuesday, when Harlequin entered the class greeted him with thunderous applause because her dress was not only the most 'beautiful but also' the most original.

Do you want to feel in rhyme? We will tell you with Gianni Rodari

Per fare un vestito ad arlecchino
ci mise una toppa Meneghino,
ne mise un'altra Pulcinella,
una Gianduia, una Brighella.
Pantalone, vecchio pidocchio,
ci mise uno strappo sul ginocchio,
e Stenterello, largo di mano
qualche macchia di vino toscano.
Colombina che lo cucì
fece un vestito stretto così.
Arlecchino lo mise lo stesso
ma ci stava un tantino perplesso.
Disse allora Balanzone,
bolognese dottorone :
"Ti assicuro e te lo giuro
che ti andrà bene il mese venturo
se osserverai la mia ricetta:
un giorno digiuno e l'altro bolletta!".

domenica 14 febbraio 2010

Carnival in Greece

By Thalia and her students

venerdì 12 febbraio 2010


giovedì 11 febbraio 2010

Carnival in Scotland!

The pupls of Mid Calder Primary School, Scotland held a CARNIVAL theme to raise money for Haiti earthquale appeal.

giovedì 4 febbraio 2010

The italian masks


In our tradition the period from January 17 until the Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday (Shrove Tuesday) is dedicated to the Carnival. The spirit of this holiday is expressed by an old proverb "a carnevale ogni scherzo vale" (a carnival every joke is good), in fact every one forget everyday problems and, protected by the mask that makes it unrecognizable, is free to laugh and eat their fill. Carnival has origins in ancient Rome where there were several celebrations in honor of the gods, along the streets of the city and that included the use of masks. Towards the end of the sixteenth century, in Italy born the "Commedia dell'arte", which used the Italian masks, ie characters that reappear in every comedy with the same name, the same costume, the makeup or masks, the same language. These characters, like Harlequin, Pantalone, Colombina, Dr Balanzone, Pulcinella became famous throughout Europe. Disappeared over time from the scene of the theater, the masks have survived only in festivals and masked carnival. Today, the typical Italian ancient masks, such as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Balanzone, etc.. are linked to caricatures of vices and defects of the inhabitants of various regions of Italy Each year many are the emergence of new and imaginative masks along with their ancestors and all together, like a long time ago, the same goal: to ensure happiness. Today the carnival is celebrated with events everywhere, masked parades, floats. The mask performs several functions: vegetative symbol of the forces of nature, animals or the dead, is to exorcise and mock the form of satire and hierarchical authority figures. Typical are the manifestations of mere tourist attractions, like the carnival of Viareggio, where "wagons" playing in caricature form, the events during the year. Often, the carnival ends with the trial, sentencing and execution at the stake of a doll that embodies Carnival, which are assigned all the blame.

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