Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I did not know until I had to check it on Wikipedia for this post, that Carnivals have a religious origin - and more precisely, Catholic. They celebrate the end of Lent (and conveniently take place in winter when there is nothing to do in the fields!). Anyway, in Paris, we stopped observing Lent a long time ago(!) and therefore "Carnavaling" too! However, some people remain nostalgic for this festive time and they are trying to (re)relaunch one in Paris. I went to the latest one that took place on February 14 between Place Gambetta and Hôtel de Ville. It was cute. Small, but cute. We still have a long way to to beat Rio or Venice!