Carnival lasts from 6 January (Epiphany holiday) to Shrove Tuesday which is just before the start of Lent preceding Easter.
It is a season of winter partying on elegant balls or joyful meetings with friends accompanied by good music and food.
Roman name "carrus navalis" was a vehicle in the shape of a ship taking part in a festival held in memorial of Isis and Dionysus. Another source claims that carnival comes fromLatin carne vale – “farewell to meat” prior to 40-days Lent.
The most well-known carnival celebrations are organized in Rio de Janeiro and Venice, however, annually crowds of tourists come also to Notting Hill Carnival in London and to North Rhine-Wesphalia in Germany.
Polish tradition of carnival started in the times of Sarmatian Nobility. In past it was called zapusty, that was the time of revelry, dancing and abundant eating. Among upper classes kulig was very popular – it was a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the countryside, the ride used to be carefully arranged, participants visited one manor house after another feasting in each of them. Old Polish traditions are still performed in Kaszuby, where the elderly celebrate together with a young generation. People eat and drink a lot to indulge their appetite before Lent. The most popular are potato pancakes, blini, doughnuts and faworki (chrust).
In towns the character of carnival celebrations was rather more sophisticated and elegant. In the XVI century also Gdańsk became known for its carnival balls organized in the Artus Court. Currently ball usually offer more than just a dancing party, very popular are masquerades and other dressing-up events. Carnival celebrations cannot be held without excellent food and varied drinks. Restaurants offer menus with a selection of different snacks and starters but traditional Polish meals usually occur, as well.
The end of carnival time is inevitably coming. To celebrate “ostatki” with a great food in a special place, we invite You to book a table in Verres en Vers and spend the last moments of carnival with us.
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