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Masquerades

For Christmas customs involving the use of masks and costumes, see America, Christmas in Nineteenth Century; Berchta; Black Peter; Boy Bishop; Ecuador, Christmas in; Feast of Fools; Guatemala, Christmas in; Jonkonnu; Kalends; King of the Bean; Knecht Ruprecht; Knocking Nights; Lord of Misrule; Masque; Mummers Parade; Mumming; Nativity Play; Nigeria, Christmas in; Pantomime; Paradise Tree; Pastores; Plough Monday; Posadas; St. Barbara's Day; St. Lucy's Day; St. Nicholas's Day; Saturnalia; Star Boys; Twelfth Night; Yule Goat; Zagmuk
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When the two gentlemen were both attired for the masquerade, and Mr Nightingale had given orders for chairs to be sent for, a circumstance of distress occurred to Jones, which will appear very ridiculous to many of my readers.
The monarch was pacified; and having drained another bumper with no very perceptible ill effect, Hop-Frog entered at once, and with spirit, into the plans for the masquerade.
Your majesty cannot conceive the effect produced, at a masquerade, by eight chained ourang-outangs, imagined to be real ones by most of the company; and rushing in with savage cries, among the crowd of delicately and gorgeously habited men and women.
The grand saloon in which the masquerade was to take place, was a circular room, very lofty, and receiving the light of the sun only through a single window at top.
The incongruity between the masquerade and the mystery had created a curious psychological atmosphere.
The sound of Nigeria's first deadly raindrops in the early 1960s later grew into a rhythm of death macabre for the first sets of masquerades that danced for nearly three years.
CATHERINE W GICHUKI DOHA FOR the Igbo inhabitants of southeastern Nigeria, masquerades have been a major form of entertainment since long.
DIFF Artistic Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said that the screening of Masquerades in Dubai resonates to the growing demand from discerning movie-goers for internationally acclaimed cinema.
Algerian movie, Masquerades, which went on to blaze a trail in the international film circuit bringing much glory and a jumpstart to Algerian cinema, is now coming to Dubai.
Commenting on the interaction between the spiritual and the social in African masquerade rituals, (Kasfir, 1998: 18) explains that "most African masquerades signify something beside the basic visual and the performative act of a person in a costume playing before an audience.
In Venice, Italy, in the 18th century, people wore masks to masquerades.
The Rivers State festival coming up in December, for instance, will feature masquerades of all characters, flamboyance and dexterity," says Onwudiwa.