A new phenomenon is sweeping the country — and it’s taking center stage at the hottest New Years Eve parties. New Years Eve party masks are all the rage.
Masks aren’t just for kids anymore. Adults are donning these extraordinary fashions for some of the hottest parties of the year. The best part about these masks? You’ll forget you’re wearing one as you enjoy all of your favorite drinks and dance moves at your favorite NYE party. The New Years Eve Party Masks are a spin off of a masquerade ball.
What is a Masquerade Ball?
A Masquerade ball is an elaborate party event popular from the mid 17th to 19th century in the European upper classes. It is a variant of a costume party, where the guests usually dress up in elaborate costumes. But the main difference between the two is the aim of the ball. The costume parties are meant to celebrate a certain holiday or season, but the masquerade balls are just done to have fun. Masquerade balls are often themed, usually dictated by the season or the date.
New Year’s Eve Party Masks – Where Black and White Originally
The two traditional types of base masquerade masks were black masks and white masks. The white masks were made of a soft material and had ornate designs carved into the mask, the design depended on the culture from which it came. These masks were often made from leather. The black masks were made from a stronger material and also had a variety of different designs, however, these masks were made from a hard material such as metal or other synthetic hard materials. The use of these masks was widespread in Europe during the 17th century. However, it is believed that the use of masks originated much earlier, in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. The use of these masks was widespread in both these civilizations and were used in a variety of different types of occasions.
New Year’s Eve Party Masks – The Tradition
The tradition of the mask started in the 13th century when Venetians would hold celebrations and parties from December 26th until the start of Lent and wear elaborate masks to conceal their identity. These parties were the only time when the lower and upper classes mingled together and wore masks to hide their identities and social status. The masks allowed them to be completely free and to reveal their true identity.
A custom that started with the wealthy soon became popular among poorer classes as well. The popularity of the mask grew every year, becoming everyone’s symbol of freedom for those two weeks of celebration.
Where to Get a New Years Party Mask?
I’m sure you have been searching for a New Year’s Eve Mask for a while now. And if you haven’t, you would have been soon enough.
New Year’s Eve Masks are basically a must. If you’ve been searching for them online, though, you have likely been frustrated with the options. Most of them are quite boring or nondescript.
So we did some digging, and scoured the internet for some of our favorite New Year’s Eve Party Masks out there. And then we decided that the best thing to do was to share them with you. Maybe you had never seen them before, or maybe you were thinking of buying one, but didn’t know where to look
PartyCity – On a budget
Etsy – Crazy creative and fun masks
Oriental Trading Company – Matching Masks for your whole group
So grab yourself a fun mask and get your tickets to Resolution!