Carnival is a traditional festive season that occurs in areas of strong Catholic influence , as well as Greek Orthodox.
The time of the major parades are February or early March ( Pre-Lent ).
However, the celebration combining masks and street party has much older roots as a pagan reversal ritual.
It’s popular in Western Europe and in Eastern Orthodox countries.
Carnival was a symbol of passage from dark to light, from winter to spring and celebrated fertility .
V-Zen Blog is show casing the mythological images of tribal Europe, including the famous photographs of Charles Freger who visited 19 countries and more than 50 villages to document the annual winter rituals and folk costumes.
We can see his stunning journey from Portugal to Bulgaria, from Scotland to Spain . His photos shows the old tradition of men of different cultures to dress up as wild animals and monsters which dates back in neolitic age. His book Wilder Mann: The Image of the Savage is available in Amazon
Charles Freger photography is presented now at World Museum of Rotterdam in Powermask exhibition which will be open till 18th March 2018