Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Joyeux Mardi Gras!

Bonsoir, tout le monde!
Today is, obviously, Mardi Gras, and Lilly and I are celebrating by eating massive amounts of junk food before the start of the season of Lent.
I called claims to those strawberry-flavored cakes, though I may share one with Lilly since the Zebra Cakes have disappered (those are her favorite!).
Anyway, contrary to popular belief, the Mardi Gras celebration originated in the south of France. It was brought to the New Orleans area by French explorers. Clearly, that would make sense considering Louisiana was once French territory. New Orleans just so happens to be well-known for Mardi Gras, but if you are in France during Mardi Gras, there is a large celebration in Nice. The rest of us mainly celebrate by feasting.
Did anybody else do something to celebrate today? I'd love to hear about it, if you did. Tomorrow, Lilly and I plan on attending a mass to get our ashes. Lilly has never attended a Catholic service before, so she's excited to see what it's like. My family was never overly religious, and as a result, I'm not, but it's nice to attend the masses during the Lenten/Easter season. Lent/Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. I'm not sure why I love it so much, but I do. I always feel refreshed and ready to start anew when it's over.
Throughout the season, I'll be sharing some fun cultural-related posts. I also plan on making some cards to send out this year, too.

Sabine

2 comments:

The Greens and The Roses said...

Hi Sabine,

We celebrated Shrove Tuesday by eating pancakes! Newfoundland tradition is to cook little things into them that are supposed to tell the future, like if you get a coin you'll be rich or if you get a ring you'll be married.

Then today, those of us who are Anglican or Catholic went to church for Ash Wednesday services.

Without fail, every year we run into someone on the way home who says, "You have something on your face..." ;-)

Love,
Bree

Nemom said...

Hi Sabine,
Mom just let us eat junk food today and we each got to wear beads. We did all get to go to church for Ash Wednesday. It was great because it was our human brothers' school service. You could tell we were Catholic a mile away as the priest put huge crosses on our foreheads. Our human sister, kept wanting to wipe it off. Silly girl! We then got to eat crab cakes for lunch--Yummy!
Take care,
Samantha, Rylan, Ainsley, Ava-Grace