The Bilingual WebZine of ART and CULTURE – Il Webzine dell'ARTE e della CULTURA

Posted by angela On February - 6 - 2018 0 Comment

In Venice, Fat Thursday was celebrated in memory of the victory of Doge Vitale Michiel upon Ulrich of Treven, a member of an aristocratic Bavarian family, who obtained the investiture as Bishop of Aquileia from Frederick Barbarossa in the year 1161.

The year after, Ulrich of Treven, now the Patriarch of Aquileia, attacked the town of Grado, governed by Enrico Dandolo. The attack constrained Dandolo to escape to Venice and seek the protection of Doge Michiel.

The Serenissima could not afford to lose Grado and its salt marshes, so the Republic immediately send its powerful fleet to counterattack. Of course they won, and they captured Ulrich as a prisoner.

To liberate Ulrich, Venice imposed specific conditions on Aquileia, conditions that the city was forced to accept in order to save its Patriarch. Then, to make sure that Aquileia remembered its defeat, every year, on the last Thursday before Lent, the city had to deliver to the Venetian Doge twelve loaves, twelve pigs and a bull, to be distributed to citizens during a public spectacle.

The bull symbolically represented the Patriarch of Aquileia; it was beheaded during a ceremony in Piazza San Marco on the Thursday before Lent.

Carnival then went from Fat Thursday (Giovedì Grasso) to the following Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Martedì Grasso in Italian), the last day before the start of Lent.

celebrazione del FAT Thursday in Venezia

Here Carnival Feast on Fat Thursday (Giovedì Grasso) in Piazza San Marco, but why do we celebrate Fat Thursday? 


Text by Angela Migliorati Novek

Categories: CULTURE of ITALY

Leave a Reply

You can add images to your comment by clicking here.

Foto del giorno

Featured Posts

Why do Italians give the Mimos

  International Women's Day is on the 8th of March and it celebrates the commemoration of ...


  In this post, please pay attention to adjectvives because as u know, in Italian ...

Una Vita in VACANZA

This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below: Password:

Nuovo Post del mio Diario Ital

Buon giorno! Tutto bene in Italia? Mi dite cosa è successo in questi giorni? Vorrei ...

Post 26 Gennaio 2018 (Tiramis

Per favore Rispondete a Sara. Here is Sara's question (+ her possible answer): Abito negli USA da ...