Festivals and carnivals across the globe are a time when communities gather together to celebrate. Whether it’s a religious event or just a long held tradition, these parties are always joyous occasions. They’re also a good excuse for people to let their hair down and go wild with outlandish costumes and crazy decorations. Here are a few projects you can try at home, inspired by the some of the world’s biggest parties.
The Rio Carnival is a riot of colour, glitz and glamour. The origins of the festivities can be traced back to ancient Greeks and Romans when they celebrated the rites of spring. Today, the five day celebration starts 40 days before Easter and involves singing, dancing and a fabulous Samba Parade.
Sequins and giant feathery plumes are common sights on Rio’s streets during the carnival. For a more subtle look for your own summer celebration, create a stylish feather crown. Use coloured ostrich feathers for an outlandish headdress. Alternatively, find some small, pale feathers and create a cute crown for a vintage party. Click here for a tutorial.
Chinese New Year
Traditionally, celebrations for Chinese New Year run from the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar until the Lantern Festival (on the 15th day of the first month). During this time, families gather for dinner, lanterns and fireworks are lit and mythical beasts dance down the street.
Although the coming Chinese New Year isn’t until January 31st 2014, the iconic dragon is great inspiration for fantasy-themed birthday parties. Why not make colourful puppets for the little ones to play with and teach them about other cultures? Find out how to make them here.
Like Rio, the Venice Carnival takes place in the days leading up to Lent. It is believed the celebration began during the 12th century. However, it has had a turbulent history. Under the rule of the King of Austria, Carnival was outlawed in 1797. It wasn’t until 1979 that the party was back in full swing. Today, Venice Carnival is an important date on the Italian calendar.
Masks are an essential part of Venice Carnival. The volto mask is perhaps the most iconic, featuring a ghostly white face which is sometimes gilded or decorated. If you’re planning a masquerade party, add an air of mystery to your outfit with a handmade eye mask – instructions can be found here. Don’t forget to view our range of masquerade party invitations too.