In Milano the last day of Carnival is "Shrove Saturday", four days after the “Shrove Tuesday” celebrated by the rest of Italy. Why?
Different traditions tell the story of the Ambrosian Carnival but its origin is mainly attributed to the Bishop Ambrose of Milano. The best-known tale declares that the bishop was on a pilgrimage and had announced his return to the city to celebrate the first rites of Lent for carnival. The people waited and waited for him, extending the carnival until his arrival four days later, thus, delaying the rite of Ash Wednesday to the following Sunday.
In fact, this long carnival (the so-called Ambrosian "Carnevalone") derives from unaltered compliance with its original length, which was shortened in the VII century. So it is not the Milanese that have lengthened it, but others that have shortened it!
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