Kid's Carnival

Here are two Sunday School events coming up:

We are planning a fun afternoon for Sunday School Children and their friends February 18 from 1-4 pm. There will be kid-friendly crafts, food, games and other activities based on carnival traditions from around the world. Ivor Jones, magician and musician will provide entertainment starting at 2 pm.
The Sunday School and Youth group is hosting the Christ Church Pancake Supper this year Tuesday, February 21 from 5 - 6:30. Along with the usual fare of sausages and pancakes, the youth will be making gluten-free crepes for anyone to try.

Please invite your friends to these two fun events.

Here is a bit of background on the carnival followed by a list of interesting websites related to carnivals around the world.

Carnival, Mardi-Gras, and Shrove Tuesday are variations of a Christian Catholic festival leading up Ash Wednesday. It is essentially a celebration of indulgences before Lent - the 40 days of personal reflection, abstinence, and fasting leading up to Easter. The word carnival comes from Latin, "Carne Vale" or "Farewell to the Flesh".  The traditions of Carnival spread from Italy to other European countries and from there to the colonies.   Over time and distance, the carnival celebrations have adapted to the culture and climate of different countries.  In most countries it has become a public celebration featuring costumes, masks, parades and food. Although some carnivals like the Rio Carnival are very adult oriented, many cultures include activities for children as part of the festivities.

European Carnivals:

Italy - Carnevale:
    http://www.venetianmasksshop.com/history.htm# 
    http://www.twistedimage.com/productions/carnivale/

England - Shrove/Pancake Tuesday:
    http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/uk/shrove-tuesday

France - Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday):
    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jan/21/news/la-trb-mardi-gras-france-20...

Germany - Karneval, Fasching, Fastnacht or Fasnet. The Thursday before Ash Wednesday is called "Altweiber" (old women) or "Weiberfastnacht" (The women day) or  Schmotziger Donnerstag or Fettdonnerstag.
    http://www.journey-to-germany.com/carnival.html

North American Carnivals:

New Orleans - Mardi Gras:
    http://www.holidays.net/mardigras/index.htm

Quebec - Carnaval:
    http://www.carnaval.qc.ca/en/about/history

Caribbean Carnivals:    Caribbean Carnivals around the world have several common themes based on the folklore, culture, religion,and tradition of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival,

Trinidad  - Carnival
    http://www2.nalis.gov.tt/Research/SubjectGuide/Carnival/tabid/105/Defaul...

South American Carnivals:

Brazil - carnival
    http://www.rio-carnival.net/   
    http://www.afropop.org/multi/feature/ID/33/

 

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