It’s that time of year again and Carnaval is almost upon us again but do you know about the origins of this festival?
Carnaval, as we know it today, comes from an originally Catholic event, but one which has its roots in traditional European pagan celebrations that revolved around the spring equinox. This marked the shift from winter to summer; darkness to light.
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As most of you probably know St. Patrick’s Day, or Lá Fhéile Phadraig, the 17th of March, is the national day of Ireland. “What’s that got to do with the rest of us?” you might ask… Well, as the Americans say, on Paddy’s Day everyone is a little bit Irish! And the Americans would know! St. Patrick’s Day has been observed in the U.S. since 1737 in Boston and in New York since 1762, and the oldest and biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world has been taking place in New York City since 1766 – long before there was ever any parade in Ireland itself! These days Paddy’s Day festivities are held all over Europe and North America and every other continent bar Antarctica.
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