The opening of the edition 2020 of the famous Carnival of Schignano is scheduled for Sunday 16th February, with the first children parade.
At 2:00pm, from Piazza San Giovanni, in the hamlet of Occagno in Schignano will start the parade: traditional masks of Brut and Mascarun will alternate with the most modern costumes of children.
14:00 Meeting in Piazza San Giovanni (Occagno) of the "miniature" masks
14:30 Traditional Parade to the “Auvrascio” hamlet and back.
At the end of the parade, refreshments for everyone.
The carnival of Schignano
The Carnival of Schignano is handed down from generation to generation, respecting traditions that enhance the folklore and cultural aspect of one of the most fascinating Carnivals, and for this reason it is often the subject of studies and research.
Accompanied by the music of the Fughèta, the traditional village band, behind enigmatic masks carved by hand in wood, the Brut capture the attention of the numerous people present with leaps, falls and clothes that recall a humble lifestyle, covered with rags, animal skins and heavy cowbells. Serious, distinguished and covered with lace, laces and trinkets, the Mascarun (the Beii) represent the wealthy class.
Other figures (the Sapoeur, the Ciocia, the Sigurtà, the Carlisepp) then animate the processions, projecting into the contemporary world a glimpse of life of the times that were. Everyone is busy, but no one can speak, except the Ciocia, wife-servant of the Mascarun.
In short, a cheerful confused shambles in which each character has a role and a double task: to preserve an evocative ancient tradition and at the same time give a unique experience, multisensory, to those who choose to enjoy live the colors, sounds, smells and tastes of the Carnival of Schignano, a wonderful destination for a trip on the Lario and its valleys, in search of ancestral rituals handed down from father to son over the centuries.