Monthly Archives: October 2013

Top Carnival Destinations in the World

Carnival, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday; whatever you choose to call it, the last day before the start of Lent, the 40 days of repentance is famous to bring out the wild side of millions of people all over the world. In fact, in many countries, locals are known to spend over a month taking to the streets, parading, donning Venetian masks, and partying late into the wee hours of the morning.

Venice, Rio and New Orleans are just some of the many popular destinations in the world that tempt you to put your masks for masquerade balls and have some sinful fun!

• Mardi Gras – New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Thousands of tourists and locals are able to have ball of a time in New Orleans, when the city is known to loosen is reins a little and douse itself with limitless strings of beads, festive costumes and eye catching floats. The city is known to host some of the most spectacular parades starting 2 weeks prior to Mardi Gras.

• Carnival of Binche – Binche, Beglium

In Binche, it is considered to be great honor for a man to be selected to join the Gilles on Shrove Tuesday each year. Gilles are essential clown like performances who wear plumed hats, wax masks and colorful costumes. They are known to start dancing around the city during the wee hours of the morning and continue doing so late into the night.

• Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

This region comes with a rich and vibrant history with French roots. The Carnival is considered to be one of the most important celebrations of the year. The Monday and Tuesday right before Ash Wednesday is the time when thousands of locals flock the streets to show off their elaborate costumes that may have taken months to finish. Complete with traditional Venetian masks and a range of events such as a competition for the title of ‘the Band of the Year’ and the ‘Calypso Monarch’, visiting this Caribbean treasure during Carnival is a experience worth having.

• Carnival of Brazil – Rio de Jeneiro, Brazil

There is absolutely no Carnival celebration in the world that can compete with the atmosphere that is created in Rio de Jeneiro during the festivals. Brazilians are known to takes their weeks before Lent extremely seriously. This means that you get a chance to witness some of the largest and most elaborate parades. Just 2 years ago, it was estimated that 5 million people attended the Carnival in Brazil. For some high-octane partying, Rio de Jeneiro is the place to be.

• Mardi Gras – Sydney, Australia

Columbina Jolly Mardi Gras

A rather underrated Carnival destination, the city makes the most of this festival to support the LGBT community. The evening parade down Oxford and Flinders streets are worth watching. You must also make time to attend the drag races on Bondi Beach, the sunset cruise and the harbor-side dance party.

Other unlikely contenders but equally exciting Carnival destinations include the Notting Hill Carnival, London; the Quebec Winter Carnival, Quebec City and the Carnival celebrations in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Add Fun to Dressing up This Halloween

It is October and is time again to start planning your perfect costume for Halloween. Halloween costumes are conventionally reproduced taking influences from supernatural figures such as ghosts, devils, monsters, skeletons and witches. The idea behind dressing up in costumes at parties is to portray frightening creatures.

Dressing up in fancy attire and going ‘guising’ was widespread in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween by the late 19th century. Costuming then became popular for Halloween parties in the US in the early 20th century among adults as well as children.

Halloween costume parties generally occur on or around October 31 but often celebrated on the Friday or Saturday before Halloween.

Dressing up as your Favorite Character

Full Face Black/red Tiger Feathers

Over the years, Halloween has turned into an excuse to dress up and exhibit your dream personality. Adults like to dress like movie stars, Renaissance maidens, Medieval knights, superheroes or even Dead celebrities.

Experimenting with the costume is a big part of Halloween. However, it is best to stick to a character or a concept that you genuinely feel for or are passionate about. For example, if you intend to dress up as a Harry Potter character, it makes more sense to do so if you have watched the movies or read the books. This will allow you to adopt the personality of your character easily and add panache to your outfit.

Selecting the Right Theme

A creative mind may need a little inspiration. Decide a theme that can be as basic that of a bride, a pirate or a vampire or simply go for themes such as cult movies, TV show characters or cartoons.  Your Halloween outfit will reflect your own personality

Give dress-up a creative boost with costumes that instigate imagination. Choose from a wide variety of fantasy or occupational sets, embroidered embellishments, realistic sounds and many more elements to complete your elaborate outfit.

You can also team them up with wigs, stockings, hats, gloves, boots, false colored nails, fake eyelashes and velvet Venetian masks.

Accessorizing with Naughty Masks

Venetian masks reinstate the mischievous use it was put to.

In early times, Venetian masks were used as protection of the wearer’s identity in the city of Venice. These days’ Venetian masks are used during carnivals around the world and at parties. People really enjoy and have fun times wearing all types of crazy masks.

Using such masks you are sure to make a great impression. If you are a lady and want a teasing look, you can opt for a mask on a stick. Men can wear half masks that would look elegant and highlight their facial features. For the one who wishes to keep the identity a complete mystery can opt for a full face feather mask.

Most people prefer masks which compliment their costumes. However, if you are not able to find exactly what you are looking for, a black or white mask works just fine with any kind of costume.

The key to a memorable costume Halloween is going a little over the top and using accessories that storm the party.