The carnival in Schignano

 
Events
Schignano
2 - 5 Marzo

Description

The carnival in Schignano is set to kick off on Saturday the 2nd and Tuesday the 5th (pancake Tuesday). It is certainly one of the most famous carnivals on Lake Como.

To this very day the carnival in Schignano maintains the antique characteristics of the festival thanks to the participation of the villagers in Schignano who strive to make the two days a success each year.

The story of the carnival in Schignano revolver around two characters : Bello and Brutto ( Ulgy and Beautiful)

An important historical feature of the carnival are the traditional masks made in wood, sculpted from the roots of the walnut tree.
The mask of ‘bello’ has elegant and symmetrical lines, while that of ‘brutto’ has a distorted, twisted shape.
Some of the masks date from 200years ago.

The carnival will commence in the main square in the village and move along the various alleys and streets of the town.

Below some of the carnival characters:

I Sapeaur and La Sigurtà: Two masked characters, dressed in sheepskin, faces painted black with a long white beard.

Il Mascarun: (bello) The famous ‘bello’ dressed in bright colours, with a extraordinary large stomach.

Il Brut : (brutto) The famous ‘brutto’ dressed in miserabile clothes.

La Ciocia: The wife of Mascarun who is kept on a leash attached to the evry man himself. She’s dressed in traditional clothes in dark colours, painted black, and always under the watchful eye of her husband.

Il Carlisep: This character is placed in the main square a couple of days before the carnival, who amazingly comes alive when the carnival passes by.

Other masks are:
“La ciocia”: she is the wife of the “Bello”that has spent all her life working for the husband.

The Sapeur and the Sigurtà: this strange masks are opening the procession, the “sapeur” have a blackened face and is dressed in sheepskins; the Segurtà rapresents the person that assures the safety during the procession. Five or six musicians follow the procession playing marches and songs.

PROGRAM:

24.02 2019 – CARNIVAL OF CHILDREN
14 Meeting in Piazza San Giovanni (Occagno) masks “miniature”
14:30 Parade until Auvrascio and return

02 March 2019

13:45 Meeting with Sapeur

14:15 Meeting of traditional masks in Piazza San Giovanni (Occagno)

14:30 Parade through the streets of the country, until the village and return Auvrascio

19:00 Traditional dinner (Civic Center Multipurpose)

21:00 (Civic Center Multipurpose) Veglione masked with orchestra. Closing at 3am.

5 March 2019
13:45 Meeting of traditional masks in Piazza San Giovanni (Occagno)
14:30 Parade through the streets of the country, until the village and return Auvrascio
16:00 Escape Carlisep
21:30 Veglione with Fughéta to Carpigo
23:30 Procession with Zep and burned at midnight in Piazza San Giovanni