I don’t often decorate for Mardi Gras, but since my sister is here visiting for a few days I thought I’d do something different for lunch.
I had alot of left over Mardi Gras beads that I had bought a few years ago for some craft projects. Masks were not difficult to come by and I purchased several colorful ones at a party store.
In Costa Rica where I live now, there aren’t any Mardi Gras or Carnaval celebrations. It’s all very solemn and people are mostly focused on the religious aspect of the start of the Lenten season. However, in South America where I lived for several years Carnaval was a big holiday that everyone looked forward to. Schools gave the kids a couple of days vacation, banks and businesses would close and there was a party atmosphere beggining on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday which continued for four days, culminating on Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras. After all the celebrating was over, there would be special church services on Ash Wednesday to mark the beggining of Lent.