🎭 SO TRUE, DEARS. IN SOME SMALL SPANISH TOWNS, CARNIVAL IS AN IMPORTANT CELEBRATION TO FIGHT COLD AND BLUE DAYS OF WINTER.
My siblings and I grew up in a country which celebrates Carnival. Taking place during February or March in Roman Catholic cultures, Carnival is historically a time to go all-out before Lent. During the six weeks of Lent, in preparation for Easter, the observant are expected to be especially pious – giving up rich foods, studying extra hard, skipping any sign of a party. This didn’t really apply to us, though sometimes it was an opportunity for vague parental censure.
What we do remember are the processions and parades during the week of Carnival. The focus was on celebration and it was a time to poke fun at politicians, institutions and social norms. Like Mardi Gras, there would be floats, costumes, masks and streamers. Wonder of wonders, cheap trinkets or candy were frequently on offer. Below is a photo of us at Carnival in 1965 – it’s politically incorrect, but…
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