This time of the years all the Italian lessons for beginners refer to Carnival somehow!

So if you are taking Italian lessons for beginners it might happen to come across nice simple words related to this important celebration. In Italy, many cities celebrate Carnival amazingly: colourful floats, masks, traditional costumes and much more.

You can read more about the most popular celebrations here.

And now, let’s learn some useful words!

Starting with the basics, we have:

Carnevale –> Carnival

carri –> floats

maschere –> masks

costumi –> costumes

stelle filanti –> streamers

sfilata di Carnevale –> Carnival parade

parrucche –> wigs

And careful, in Italian confetti is not what you think!

The Italian word for confetti is coriandoli, whilst confetti refer to the lovely almond sweets we eat in some occasions like weddings, baptisms, graduations and so on.

A perfect false friend!

Do you know when Carnival is celebrated?

Even though Carnival lasts almost for a month, the peak of the celebrations is reached the last week before the Quaresima (Lent).

The most important day is Giovedì Grasso (Fat Thursday), whilst Martedì Grasso (Fat Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras) is the last day of celebrations before Mercoledì delle Ceneri (Ash Wednesday).

There is also a famous saying related to Carnival:

A Carnevale ogni scherzo vale –> Anything goes at Carnival

Did you know it?

It refers to the habit to play any sort of pranks during the Carnival period: “play pranks” in Italian is fare scherzi.

Going to Italy for Carnival?

Try the most traditional Italian Carnival sweet: ask for chiacchiere, a lovely crunchy sweet you will love!

Or, if you want to taste more typical sweets, have a look here!

And, last but not least, some traditional events to attend.

One of them is the Battaglia delle arance (Battle of oranges) in Ivrea, or you might like the Volo dell’angelo (Flight of the angel) in Venice.

Ready to celebrate?