Little Difference #34 - Costumes in March
The shops in Luxembourg sell costumes two times a year. In October for Halloween as it is becoming more and more popular here and in March. In March (and the end of February) costumes are sold for Carnival. To be honest, Carnival is a holiday that I'm completely unfamiliar with and only came into contact with here in Luxembourg. Before I explain how the costumes relate to Carnival, let me briefly explain what Carnival is.
This is my general understanding about Carnival after doing a bit of research online: Carnival, a primarily Catholic celebration, is the period of time before lent. It is a celebration and indulgence before meat (or whatever else) is given up for lent. The word carnival is thought to be derived from the Italian word for meat- carne - and means something like, to remove meat
The last day of Carnival is the day before Ash Wednesday. The last day of Carnival is, in some places, called Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras.
Carnival celebrations vary greatly from city to city. Some of the largest celebrations are in Brazil, Italy, Trinidad & Tobago and New Orleans, Louisiana. Although Luxembourg is a Catholic country the Carnival celebrations do not seem very big. There are a few parades found in some of the smaller villages. Most of the communes host a costume party for children, which would explain why costumes are sold. Beignets are sold in the bakeries during the Carnival season.
Is Carnival celebrated where you live? Do tell!
It is quite possible I'm unaware of all the Carnival festivities here in Luxembourg. If you are a local, please fill me in. Thanks!
Sites I used to research Carnival:
Wiki - Carnival
Wiki - Mardi Gras
History of Carnival in Brazil
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