Students Celebrate Carnevale

    March 3, 2020

    Students learned about the Italian Carnival and decorated masks at Il Carnevale on Feb. 24 in the Kane Forum.

    Hosted by Italian Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Alessandra Abate, the event brought to light the traditions of how Carnival is celebrated in different regions of Italy. From the elegant masks of Venice to the controversial “Battle of the Oranges” in Ivrea, Abate showed students the most popular Carnivals in Italy.

    Students learned about the typical food cooked and eaten during the holiday, the importance of masks, and some of the most important characters in Commedia dell’Arte, a folkloristic genre of Italian theater famous all over Europe from the 16th to the 18th century.

    Students and faculty members came together to select and decorate masks according to their taste and creativity while listening to Italian pop music. 

    Typical Italian food and drinks were served during the event, such as tiramisù, chiacchiere (angel wings), pistachio butter, and Italian sodas. 

    If you have any questions about the World Languages and Cultures Department’s Italian program or are interested in learning about other cultural events offered by the department, be sure to check out the department’s InstagramFacebook and Twitter or email Hannah Jackson at


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