Carnivals 2016: Fancy dress and places to celebrate

With the Christmas Holidays still fresh in our minds, we try to gradually adapt back into a routine, but it´s no easy task; our festival calendar doesn’t allow us. Carnivals are knocking at our door, it’s going to be very difficult to stay at home!

Carnivals are a pagan feast par excellence, the weekend before Ash Wednesday and this traditionally comes from ancient Rome, although there are theories that the Egyptians and Sumerians already celebrated this.

Traditionally and according to the Christian religion, Carnival or “carnem levare” established a wild era of partying preceded by a period of penitence of lent and enabled the faithful to go against the strict Catholic rules for a few days. So, who are we to disagree?

In Servigroup we are already mulling over the costumes for this year and we’ve come up with lots of ideas you just won’t be able to resist.

Star WarsMad MaxWalking Dead and Game of Thrones were trending topic last Halloween 2015. The teenagers opted for extravagant costumes, such as Miley Cyrus, the doll from Saw, or Taylor Swift (Bad Blood).

The fanatics of social net Works dressed in the controversial dress: white/gold or black/blue, geographical points from Google Maps, the WhatsApp emoticons (yes, pooh included!!)...

The Childrens costumes, they went crazy with Elsa from Frozen, it’s fun seeing them in groups dressed as the MinionsAngry Birds or Inside out.

The trend for this year’s Carnival 2016 will be undoubtedly the characters of the Galatic Republic, you can’t go wrong, and its relatively easy to transform into a Jedi, The Mexican masks from the Day of the Dead painted on the face are still very popular, on internet there are lots of tutorial videos showing you how you can achieve this look. The classics such as GhostbustersCruella de Vil or Travolta from Pulp Fiction never go out of fashion; you can’t go wrong if you choose any of these...

From the National scene we have the reality television show Master Chef why not get a Group of friends together, some pots and pans and set up your own stall, a few rubber chickens, a bit of parsley, and you’re on your way!!!!

Parade through Benidorm's streets

The activities planned for these days in Benidorm, parades, dances and costume contests filled with animation, joy and colour in the streets of the town of Benidorm, popular for its skyscrapers and tourists take to the streets to show off their best costumes and fun.

For two days celebrations of parades, competitions and theme parties are held. Carnival celebrations culminate on Tuesday with the Burial of the Sardine, celebration begins at night in the Plaza Mayor. The mourning of the Doña Sardina and incineration takes place in the Playa de Poniente ending with a fireworks display.

According to the Department of the Fiestas of the town hall of Benidorm, the Carnival Parade will be Saturday 6th February and runs from 21.30 through the streets of Benidorm with the following route: C/Venus, C/Ruzafa, C/Herrerias and ends at Plaza de SS.MM. the Kings of Spain.

The children’s carnival parade will run from 11am through the streets of Benidorm through the following route: C/Martinez Alejos corner C/Gambo, C/El Puente and ends at the Plaza de King and Queen of Spain (city hall).

The same day, 6th February an event is organized for the youngsters at the Discoteca Penelope in Benidorm: Benidorm Carnival 2016 Madrid connection DJ Danny Valen. If it’s your birthday or you are more than 23 years of age, admission is free.

For the athletes with good humour, the III Carnival Run Benidorm has been organized for Sunday 14th February at 11.00am which will be a lot of fun and is obligatory to go in fancy dress!

In Villajoyosa on 5th February, Carnival School Parade, with the participation of all schools in the town. This is an activity that has made a comeback after 14 years of absence, in order to fill the streets of colour and fun. There will be games and music and each school will choose a themed costume organized by each class.

Mojacar also have Carnival from 5th to 12th February. Carnival in Mojacar is celebrated differently, in addition to the parades and costumes, costume parades produce different groups of fun and song, the most notable moments in the town that year. This ends with a grand parade through the main street from the beach.

The parade and all the costumes stand before the judges, there are also prizes for the best jokes, dances with orchestras are organized. Mass on Ash Wednesday is held with the popular Litany of the traditional Burial of the Sardine.

If you are staying in our La Zenia Hotel, do not miss the Carnival of Torrevieja (9km from La Zenia). These parties have been declared by the Generalitat Fiestas of Tourist Interest in Valencia by your imagination, participation and creativity. The planned events began on Saturday January 16th, with the opening of the Carnival and the crowning of the carnival queens and will run until Saturday February 13th with the traditional carnival night parade in which more than one thousand people participate.

We hope that this information will be useful and ... come with your fancy dress!

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