Mardi Gras masks originated in Venice, Italy, where Carnival, or Carnevale, was first celebrated in the Middle Ages and became an official event in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. In Catholicism, Carnival is the time between the Epiphany on January 6 and Ash Wednesday, beginning Lent, 40 days of repentance and self-denial before Easter Sunday. Carnival, in contrast, is a time when desires are indulged and social rules are...Continue Reading