The Basel Carnival is the biggest carnival in Switzerland, and it takes place once a year between the months of February and March.
The carnival begins in the Swiss town of Basel on the Monday after Ash Wednesday. The beginning of the carnival is called the Morgestraich, and it starts at 4am on that Monday morning. All of the lights in the town are turned off, so the only light comes from the lanterns that people carry down the streets.
The carnival lasts for 72 hours and is sometimes called "the three most beautiful days."
During these three days, people dress up in costumes and wear masks. The masks can be of famous people, animals, or just funny characters. Two parades take place — one on Monday and one on Wednesday. They also throw a lot of confetti during this carnival. Some people even think that the use of confetti started here.
(Emily Shih, Staff Writer)
1. carnival n.
嘉年華會 (jia1 nian2 hua2 hui4)
例: Every year my parents take me to the carnival for a treat.
2. mask n.
面具 (mian4 ju4)
例: For Halloween I wore a monster mask and it scared a lot of children.
3. confetti n.
五彩紙片 (wu2 cai3 zhi3 pian4)
例: We should get a lot of confetti for Sarah's surprise party; we can throw it in the air when she walks in.