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There are many theories on the origins of Carnival, which is celebrated around the world and in many different fashions every year the four days before Ash Wednesday. Some theories say it began as a pagan celebration in ancient Rome or Greece.

In the Ancient Greece, for instance, in honor of the Dionysus (the god of fructiferous forces of the earth, vegetation, wine-making and the patron of a theatrical act), it was a large religious festival - the Dionysia, which included: merry dances, an execution of joking songs, competitions of poets and awards for victorious actors, and also the masquerade procession, where in front of it always had been the funny “ship” with a costume group. Authors of the Ancient Rome named it “carrus navalis”, what means “sea chariot”.

In the Rome it was heathen holidays, named the Saturnalia and initiated to the Saturn, god of grain, vegetation and wine. The general idea of the feast consists to invert the ordinary motion of life in time. During two weeks all class boundaries was erased by nonpublic law of festival: the rich and poor was equalized in rights, children headed families, slaves could sit freely with theirs masters at the table and demand from them a subordination, and for reason do not spoil the merriment - everybody hid their faces behind masks. Also, a pseudo-king was chosen at the time of the holiday and in the end of Saturnalias he must be to die by any ways: to be burned or hanged.

This is a composition about Carnival.It is a scene from the preparetions before the big celebration in my city.You can see two musicians of rembetika music and the giant with one eye, the well known Cyclops from the Greek mythology.The Cyclops holding a masque giving a theatrical feeling to the whole scene.

Enjoy the Colors of Carnival!

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