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The carnival is the most traditional popular festivity of the Dominican Republic It goes back to the colony on the eve of lent when people in Santo Domingo disguised themselves to imitate the European ShrovetideThe origin of the word Carnival comes from the Italian word carne vale which means a removing of meat as a proof of the sensual licenses given to the faithful during Shrovetide Intense colors music religion are expressions of the joy and warmth of being a Dominican Original masks costumes floats and masqueraded dance groups from different regions of the country come together to celebrate In some towns the masqueraded dance groups parade the streets each Sunday of February while in other towns carnival traditions differ completely as to format and dates For examples in Santiago the costumes represent the Diablos Cojuelo devil which are ornated with number of decorative elements small round square mirrors small bells cowbells ribbons whistle tiny dolls etc In Cotui costumes are made of papers called platanuses and papeluses and in Montecristi it is the Toros costumes bulls Each Sunday of February Montecristis street are the settings for tough and violent fights between toros bulls and civiles civvies with the use of whips Undisguised and unprotected the toros take on the challenge of the civvies and punish themselves by voluntarily accepting the furious whiplashes inflicted on them by the toros The origin of this rivalry dates back to the first decade of our centuryThe most popular of all is in La Vega where thousands of people go out every Sunday of February to celebrate on the street
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