Carnevale in Italy
Carnival, or Carnevale, has been celebrated for centuries throughout Italy. The name is said to derive from the words carne vale - 'farewell to meat' - which explains the function of the celebration - an opportunity to indulge and use up such treats before the start of Lent. Italy celebrates Carnevale with a huge winter festival celebrated with parades, masquerade balls, entertainment, music, and parties. Children throw confetti at each other. Mischief and pranks are also common during Carnevale, hence the saying "a Carnevale ogni scherzo vale" (anything goes at Carnevale).