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Fat Tuesday 2024 meaning, events and customs in Italy

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Fat Tuesday 2024 meaning, events and customs in Italy

Carnival 2024 ends today in almost all of Italy, but the meaning of this day has changed over the decades

February 13 – 10.41am – MILAN

The day that marks the end of Carnival has arrived. Today, Tuesday 13 February, is Shrove Tuesday and across Italy there are parades, processions and celebrations planned to greet Carnival 2024, from the Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea to the allegorical floats that will cross the streets of Viareggio and Venice . Let’s discover the meaning of Shrove Tuesday and what are the traditions and customs linked to this day.

What is Mardi Gras

Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday and, consequently, the opening of Lent. Today this day is dedicated to the last Carnival celebrations, but historically it represented the last occasion before Lent, the period preceding Easter in which fasting was practiced, to consume the most delicious foods left at home.

In short, Shrove Tuesday was the moment of the last binge before starting to observe the 40 days of fasting and prayer towards Easter. The Christian custom of practicing abstinence during Lent, in a gesture of empathy towards the sufferings of Christ, has been lost over the last few decades, in Italy and in the rest of the European countries where it was widespread, but the last day of Carnival remained linked to this moment of great celebration and celebration.

Fat Tuesday in Italy

Today Shrove Tuesday is celebrated in almost all of Italy with themed events, parades, parades and historical re-enactments, from Venice with its parades and traditional floats to Viareggio with its Masked Corsicans that parade through the streets of the city, passing through Ivrea and Fano. Among the other unmissable events for those who aim to celebrate the end of the Carnival in style, the ancient Historic Carnival of Santhià with the Grand Gala of the Masks and the traditional Giòbia Grass, the colorful Carnival of Scampia in Naples and the ancient Carnival also stand out of Fano.

In Milan, however, the Ambrosian Carnival is celebrated a few days later, on Saturday 17 February in 2024. The great celebrations to greet the 2024 Carnival are therefore not scheduled for today, Shrove Tuesday. And this also applies to a part of the province of Como, the city of Varese, the city of Monza and some places in the province of Bergamo.

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