Many of the local vendors carry these masks which I didn't understand. I asked a local what was the significance of the mask as many stores sold them. I was told that Venetian masks have been worn in Venice, Italy, since antiquity. The masks served an important social purpose of keeping every citizen on an equal playing field, meaning it didn't matter if you were wealthy or poor. The Venetian masks emerged as the emblem of Carnevale (Venetian Carnival), a pageant and street fair celebrating hedonism. One of the more interesting mask were those with long beaks. A plague once ravaged Venice and this beaked mask was used as a sanitary precaution by doctors. The long nose would hold herbs and flowers that would filter the air and cover up the horrible smells of plague victims.