Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We celebrated carnival for the first time ...

Carnival is a festive season which occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February. Carnival typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, masque and public street party. People often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations, which mark an overturning of daily life.

Carnival is a festival traditionally held in Roman Catholic and, to a lesser extent, Eastern Orthodox societies. Protestant areas usually do not have carnival celebrations or have modified traditions, such as the Danish Carnival or other Shrove Tuesday events. Since we are now living in a mainly Roman Catholic area for the first time in our lives, we experienced a bit of what Carnival is all about. The children dressed up for a parade around the school. Here are some pictures of the event:
We didn't participate in any of the big parades or parties ... we aren't that much into Carnival. The kids were quite happy to dress up for one day, but didn't really want to do much else ... Since Siebe and I aren't into Carnival at all, we were quite happy with that!


Ria said...

Ingeborg, wat een leuke foto's! Wij houden ook niet van carnaval hoor, en Gaston is ook geboren in het zuiden des lands...maar doet er ook niets mee.

Hanneke said...

Leuke foto's!!! Carnaval is ook niet zo mijn ding hoor!! Mij te koud om uren buiten te gaan staan!!!