SMUS Celebrates Mardi Gras

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The International Council and the Modern Languages Department organized some Carnival celebrations at the Senior School this Tuesday. At lunch, students enjoyed a performance from Axé Capoeira, including intense drumming, Brazilian music, carnival costumes and mixture of dance and martial arts.

To get into the spirit of things, students had the opportunity to participate in a mask-making contest and to wear some colourful accessories over their uniforms. At the end of the Capoeria performance, the special guests helped the audience choose the best mask.

Carnival celebrations traditionally begin on or after Epiphany and end on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.

Mardi Gras or Carnival is celebrated globally, across many cultures and in many different ways. Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, and more.

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