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Only four out of ten people in Vienna celebrate carnival

A short carnival period is coming to its end. The number of people celebrating carnival in Vienna has decreased since 2010, but remains an important economical factor in the city.

Only four out of ten Viennese people visit events where carnival is celebrated, decorate their flats or celebrate with friends. This stated the opinion research institute "Makam" in a current telephone survey with 500 participants.

Although 60 percent of Viennese people ignore carnival, the tradition, which marks the time between 11 November and Ash Wednesday, remains an important economical factor.

People from Vienna have spent 29.5 million Euros for carnival items this year, which is seven percent more than the year before. This means that every person spends an average of 51 Euros on "Faschingskrapfen", costumes, decoration and tickets.

The number has fallen since 2010: about 60 percent were still celebrating the event back then.

One of the main reasons might be the fact that carnival is more celebrated in the countryside than in cities, stated communications research specialist Hannes Haas from the University of Vienna. He said to APA that events like the carnival in Villach, Carinthia, have been popular rituals for many years.

According to Mr Haas, carnival has deep roots in popular culture in the countryside. Events like the carnival in Villach are thus broadcasted every year by ORF.

Super heroes, vintage dresses and skintight body suits are definitely the trends of this year's carnival costumes in Austria's capital.

Vienna Times

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