Carnivals are a way of defining the celebrations, enjoyment and unity. Carnivals have a distinguished and an important role in enlarging the cultural significance of a country. Apart from displaying a nations or society’s ethnicity, the carnivals also are a remarkable and colorful way of bringing people on one platform. It provides a delightful identity that a nation becomes known worldwide.
There are carnivals of different types commemorated in different parts of the world. It portrays beauty, unity, colorfulness and enthusiasm to high levels. The carnivals that are world renowned include the Venice carnival, Rio de Janeiro, St. Vincent’s carnival, Mardi Gras, Jamaica Carnival, Tobago and Trinidad carnival, Nottingham carnival, carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Binche carnival, Leeds West Indian carnival and Notting Hill Carnival.
The few common things in such festivals are dance, music, street parade and togetherness in feather costumes. These are colorful and especially the bird quills have a significant role in the festival celebration. The particular quills use in these celebrations is also in the costumes form. There are different color and styles of costumes using quills depending on the cultural and tradition of a nation. These costumes in feather offer a striking and adorable look to the events and street parades.
The festivals period is the time when the costumes come elaborated and beautiful. Venice and Rio de Janeiro are the best examples. They are also prominent as the biggest fete. Rio fete is accompanied by street parade, dance and music carried out in lavish costumes completely made with quills. The annual Venice celebration is also popular for its sophisticated and beautiful masks made using plumes. The mask significance in this fete celebration is high and so much attention is given to the mask making in Venice. It marks the importance and so the masks are made in variety of materials and are mostly decorated with gems and quills. They also denote a practical function and emphasize a symbolic meaning.
Quills are used in a wide range to make the carnival costumes. The popular quills used on these festivals are of the peacock, turkey, ostrich and pheasant quills. The pheasant feathers varieties are used in festivals. Such varieties also include Lady Amherst Pheasant feathers, Reeves Pheasant, Golden Pheasant feathers and Ringneck Pheasant feathers. These are quills used so that the masks look very attractive and make amazing headpieces and wings in association to the colorful quill costume. The feathers are used also to decorate tableau, stalls, streets and many such showcasing items.
Masquerade masks are decorative and ornate devices that make formal costume balls. The masks use represents the 14th century Venice and it became popular as the elite. Masks were worn to parties and this gave liberty to the guests to indulge in any activity that they desired. They could participate in activities that cannot be done openly as it will be regarded as taboo or uncouth. There are reasons and times for wearing masquerade masks as they have now changed, yet they are ornate. Now even cheap masks are available and are not less than a million bucks.
There are retail and online outlets to purchase cheap masks. One can find feathers in variety and can be applied in their choice of patterns. Decorating masks with spray paints and creating a color scheme matching their costume also looks special on the event day. Different types of feathers and sizes attached to the mask inside using hot glue keeps it firm regardless of how vigorous a person dances. Men decorate with beak, short feathers and masks, while women have short feathers sticking in the middle of the mask, cat eyes and longer feathers around the eyes and the sides.