domingo, 25 de enero de 2009

The Carnival of Cadiz

The Carnival of Cádiz is one of the best known carnivals in the world.
(from the wikipedia)

The city of Cádiz is often considered to have the funniest people in Spain. The whole city lives the carnival for more than two weeks and the presence of this fiesta is almost constant in the city throughout the year with the rehearsals, representations and contests. The feeling of this carnival is the sharp criticism, the funny play on words and the imagination in the costumes, more than the glamorous dressings. It is traditional to paint the face with lipstick as a humble substitute of a mask. It is easy to get involved in the fiesta even not knowing the language and to live the Carnival. On Saturday everyone wears a costume, which many times is related to the most polemical news. However, the Cádiz Carnival is famous mainly for the satirical groups called chirigotas, their music and their lyrics.

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