In honor of the Mardi Gras festivities taking place in their focus countries, the French and German Clubs planned parties that mirrored the events taking place back home. The event took place on Tuesday, February 13, the day of Mardi Gras.
In Monsieur Wessels' room, the French club members celebrated Carnaval by listening to Zouk, a fast style of dance music which originated in Martinique while socializing and indulging in Belgian waffles, Madeline cookies, sweet and savory croissants, and cinnamon rolls.
|Nuriel Rosenberg, Natalie Strouse, Melissa|
|Natalie Strouse & Mr. Wessels enjoying|
treats made by French club members.
In the party next door at Frau Wessels' class, German club members watched the Karneval parade that was currently taking place while discussing the differences in culture from different German-speaking cultures. When asked about the celebration of Karneval in Germany, Frau explains that, "[the] Thursday before Carnival starts, girls take control over their cities (especially in cities like Cologne). The mayor of each city officially gives the key to their Carnival princess, who cut off the ties of the mayor's in return for a kiss on the cheek." After describing the tradition that takes place in most major cities, Frau emphasizes that, "Carnival is a week-long event. There are huge parades, everyone is partying... it's a happy occasion that lasts until Ash Wednesday. When it's over, they begin planning for Carnival in the next year!"
Whether it's in Nice, Rhineland, or New Orleans, people will sure be celebrating with les collier de perles (bead necklace), eine Parade beobachten (watching a parade), and eating festive foods!