April 6, 2008

Masqueraaade, Paper faces on parade!

Posted in I didn't know that!, Misc. tagged , , , at 10:32 am by Olórin

Halo all! How’s everybody doing? Long time no see!

The past few weeks were torture, and what’s coming is worse! *sob* Don’t you just hate busy weeks?! If you hear me say I want to take a seminar during a busy college course, SMACK ME, hear that avocat?! *ya far7itich 9ar 3indich 3ithir tikfi’7eny* 00;

Last night I went to Horton Hears a Who for the second time! You’d think we’re taking a child with us, but when two girls in their twenties go to a children’s movie twice, you gotta admit there’s something wrong with them! Meh it’s a funny movie!

Piece of advice, if you go to the movies, get your own chocolate with you! Grab your favorite chocolate and put it in your bag, (or pockets for the lads). The chocolate they offer there is tastelessly cold and the collection is quite narrow! They even changed the popcorn, it’s now buttery..Yay assfat!

*Yaaaaaaaaawn* Lovely weather lately, right? Me likie.

Anyway, as the title indicates, this post is about Masquerades! My favorite ball! You all know what they’re about, right? Beautiful masks and lovely waltz, but lets expand your knowledge a little bit!

A masquerade ball is an event held by the upper class in Europe back in Medieval times. Around the 15th century in Italy, it became a part of public festivities, especially in Venice (Carnival of Venice is an example).

One of the most famous balls was “Burning Men’s Ball”, it was intended to celebrate the marriage of a lady-in-waiting of Charles VI of France’s queen in Paris in the 14th century, what was interesting is that when the dancers came too close to a torch, they caught fire. (I don’t know if it was intended 00;)

And what’s a masquerade without masks?! The Mask-makers back then had their own stature and guild, not to mention a considerable reputation!

But it wasn’t always a bed of roses, Gustav the III, king of Sweden was assassinated during a masquerade.

Many anti-masquerade movements rose alongside the Masquerade balls themselves, the writers stated that the balls encouraged immorality and foreign influence but that did not convince the doge!

But unfortunately, due to the fall of the Venetian Republic at the end of the 18th century, the tradition of using masks disappeared. But around 1979, a group of awesome young Venetians had the idea of reviving the Carnival of Venice and it was back ever since!

Thanks Wiki for most of the info!