Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Shrove Tuesday Party

This year Shrove Tuesday fell on March 8. It's the day that other countries celebrate Fasnacht Day, Pancake Day and Mardi Gras. The 16th Centruy Catholic Church created the day as a day of fasting and humility for our sins. In the 1500's the people would all go to their village churches on Shrove Tuesday where the priest would "shrive" or absolve them from all of their sins. Then the people would spend the next 40 days (Lent) doing penance for their mistakes (fasting from meat, eggs, cheese, fats and other things as well to show their contrite hearts). Somehow in the 5 centuries that have passed, the day before lent has instead become a day for parties and "last hurrahs" before the somber Lenten church season.

The Anglican Diocese always celebrates the day before Ash Wednesday with a party for the children in special education classes.

This year we got to take a train ride tour of the city. It was nice and a gentle cool breeze blew through the train and we saw our familiar old capitol.
They also provided two live characters from "Dora the Explorer". The characters danced with the children. Our St. Peter's children are in blue uniforms. The children enjoyed the dancing and live music.
Most of my class would say they enjoyed visiting with the other deaf children from Stella Maris School. They are good deaf friends and so happy to see each other four or five times a year when we get together for different events. This is a picture of the children on the bus ride home. The whole days was full of smiles.

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