World Book Day - Thursday 3rd March
Mardi Gras - Tuesday 1st March
The first day back after the half-term break is Shrove Tuesday. You might know it as Pancake Day. In some parts of the world it is known as Mardi Gras which is French and translates as ‘Fat Tuesday’. Mardi Gras festivals are held in some countries, with parades, where people wear costumes and masks, parties and feasting before the Christian fasting season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.
To prepare for Lent, Christians would eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday to use up their stock of eggs, milk, butter and fat. As the tradition spread through Europe, it became Mardi Gras in France, where waffles and crepes are prepared as part of a lavish feast.
Over the half-term, we would like the children to have a go at making a Mardi Gras mask for our very own parade at school. The Mardi Gras colours – purple, green and gold all have a special meaning. Purple = justice, green = faith, gold = power (see the images below for some inspiration).
We would like the children to bring their masks in on the first day back – Tuesday 1st March. We look forward to seeing what they create and we hope they will enjoy taking part in the parade.