Monday, February 23, 2009

Mardi Gras in St. Louis

The temperature was 32F (0C), so we were struggling whether or not to go out to see the Mardi Gras parade. I was curious about Mardi Gras, so we decided to go downtown to see it.

Mardi Gras is French, meaning ‘Fat Tuesday’. This is a carnival celebration with alcohol, people dressed in different kinds of costume in a parade, throwing out beads to the crowd. You see, we got a lot. Ah, my hands and feet were freezing...

天气是32F0C),我们犹豫着要不要出外去看Mardi Gras游行。我对Mardi Gras这西方人的玩意有点好奇,所以决定到市中心看看热闹去。Mardi Gras是法语,这是一个庆祝活动,通常是狂欢喝酒,有化妆游行,他们也会丢出珠子项链给群众。你看,我们拿到很多。啊,我的手脚都冷到麻冻

4 comments:

淑雯 said...

这节日有何典故吗?
饮酒狂欢的意义呢?
纯粹是为了狂欢,或是为了饮酒?

eHeart said...

淑雯,
很好的问题,也喜欢你的发问,可见你是认真求知的人。
Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)的后一天就是Ash Wednesday(聖灰星期三/塗灰日),也是有些天主教徒或基督徒持Lent(大齋期,即以齋戒、施捨、克苦等方式補賠自己的罪惡)開始至Easter(復活節)前日止,一共四十天。
所以Mardi Gras是齋戒前的饮酒狂欢庆节日。
大多数西方人的社交、欢庆似乎都离不开酒,遇到节日尤甚,可以整天喝酒。;-p

淑雯 said...

唔~原来如此,谢谢你的说明,让我长见识了。

“Mardi Gras”这样的狂欢,似乎像人家结婚前夕的“王老五时光”,要趁未“从此被困”前,挥霍仅存的“自由”,哈哈~

但愿我这样的形容不会玷污了“Mardi Gras”的精神。

eHeart said...

不谢,我们互相学习。
哈哈...挥霍仅存的“自由”?

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