There’s a saying in Schignano: “Pasqua, Natal e ‘l San Carneval” (Holy Easter, Holy Christmas and the holy Carnival too) which best represents the expectation and the ritual accompanying the renowned Carnival. Emigration has ancient origins here and traditions represent rock solid bulwarks. Schignano is rightly considered the “Frenchest” of the lake villages and phrases and expressions like “ca va” or “salut” prove this direct link.

The Carnival too – according to some people – is a transposition of the migratory phenomenon with the “Bei” (beautiful) or “Mascàrun” (masks) and the “Brut” (ugly) which symbolize with their gestures accentuated by wood masks of fine workmanship wealth and poverty. The “Bel” is the person who sought and found his fortune away from home. Wealth was something to show off in the square and along the streets of the “masquerade”. The fate reserved only sorrow to the “Brut” that’s why he drags tiredly through the streets, often with an empty suitcase as luggage. The only speaking character of the Carnival is the garrulous “Ciocia” (bell), and this is a transposition of the emigration too.

It’s the Bel’s wife complaining about her own condition; kept on a “leash” by her husband she swears and tries to retaliate with the power of words against her husband who left her to seek his fortune. The “Sapeur” dressed in sheepskin and the “Sigurtà” are other characters of this Carnival starting at the stroke of midnight between the 5th and 6th of January and finishing at midnight of Shrove Tuesday with the fire of “Carlisepp” a puppet personifying Carnival itself.

The beginning of the Carnival of Schignano corresponds to the end of the “Vegèta” once the time when eighteen year old young men said their goodbyes to the village before going to war. For this reason the eighteen year old young men in military clothes still walk through the village on the afternoon of the 5th of January followed by the “Fughèta” (a marching band) and by a long procession of relatives and friends.

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YOUR TESTIMONIES

Una tradizione da riscoprire

Il Carnevale di Schignano è un incanto. Una tradizione una volta sentitissima che si stava perdendo ma che ha ripreso vigore grazie alla canzone del Davide. Questo è il nostro territorio, la nostra cultura, la nostra traccia. Questa è la nostra gente. Siamo noi. E non è possibile affermare di conoscere le nostre tradizioni se non si è mai stati al Carnevale di Schignano.
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