I am from New Orleans, Lousiana where Mardi Gras celebrations are a huge part of our history. My husband and I went to St. Maarten during their Festival time, and I couldn't believe how it looked just like Mardi Gras to me. During Carnival, Festival, and Mardi Gras, people wear gorgeous colorful costumes and dance in the parades. It made me homesick for where I grew up in south Louisiana. So, I painted this lovely woman from a photo we took. Many people don't realize that Mardi Gras is a religious-based holiday. Where I am from, the Carnival Season begins on Epiphany, which celebrates Jesus Christ being made known to the world. Mardi Gras celebrations end with a huge party the day before Lent begins. The purpose of Lent is to pray and reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus, give sacrifice (one form of sacrifice being to give up favorite food or drink during the period of Lent--hence the big party called Mardi Gras the day before Lent so that you may indulge yourself!)...and during Lent people also do good works for others to prepare for the celebration of Easter.
May 30th, 2010
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