Let's celebrate together!

Our project will focus on how schools from different European countries celebrate international days and local festivals within the school environment. Some international days will be chosen to be celebrated in common as well as some local events or festivals will be chosen by the schools themselves in order to show each other different customs and...

February - Carnival

We had carnivals in our schools

Slovakia - Pugačevova Street

 

ITALY

 

Greece

Carnival in our school

Carnival is usually celebrated in February in Greece, before the 40-day Fast for Easter. It is a time of fun. Two weeks before the beginning of Fast (on a Thursday) people eat lots of roast meat in barbecue parties. We have a party like this every year in our school, too. Parents set up the barbecue and we dance traditional dances and sing traditional songs.

On the weekend after that, we have a fancy dress party in our school. We dress up in fancy costumes, we wear funny masks, we eat, drink and dance, we play games, like “musical chairs”, “Simon says”, etc. We also do the “limbo dance”, we play “war” and we have costume or mask competitions. We have lots of good fun.

On the first Monday of Fast (the so called “Clean Monday”), people go to the countryside, fly a kite and have a picnic with seafood, olives, bean soup, and a special kind of bread, called “lagana”. We also have a picnic like that at school with our teachers where we dance with the traditional “gaitanaki”. It is a pole with colourful ribbons. Every child holds a ribbon and we all dance around the “gaitanaki” in different patterns.

This how carnival ends in our country.

 

carnival customs in drawings on PhotoPeach

canival in our school on PhotoPeach

 

 

 

 

 

Slovakia - Dargovských hrdinov

Ivana, 2.A

 

 

Carnival in Lithuania

 

Ingrid - Slovakia

 

 

POLAND

Carnival at our school is celebrated in many different, funny ways. We organize fancy dress  parties. Children dress up in funny costumes, dance, play games and have a lot of fun. There are also many different art competitions, galleries and displays. It’s very nice time of the year. It started after New Year and ended just before the Lent period. During the carnival in Poland we celebrate Fat Thursday (Tłusty Czwartek) when we eat donuts.

 

 

Author: Irena Topoľančinová
Last editor: Magdalena Szczerbowska