Other cultures which formerly used patronyms have switched to the more widespread style of passing the father's last name to the children (and wife) as their own.
Although family-friendly events are part of the celebration, the masks and the party atmosphere give Carnivale a reputation as a place where "anything goes." Scoppio del carro is an Easter festival held in Florence that marks the triumph of the First Crusade.
Mimicking the supposed events of the Crusade (and blending the holiday with a celebration of Saint John), celebrants build a magnificent cart in the shape of a tower, then they have oxen pull it through the city.
Those fireworks ignite other fireworks which cover the tower, which soon catches fire in a shower of colored sparks and explosions. Every September 3, the city of Viterbo celebrates La Macchina di Santa Rosa in thanks to Santa Maria Rosa, whom they credit with saving their city from disease in the 1600s.
This tradition also involves a tower, although it isn't burned -- instead, local men carry the five-ton behemoth.
Italian tradition is filled with festivals celebrating saints, holidays and important events in Italian history.