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Holy Family Marti Gras

Last Tuesday Italian club set up and celebrated the Christian holiday, Marti Gras.

The Christian holiday and popular cultural phenomenon dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites. Also known as Carnival or Carnaval, it’s celebrated in many countries around the world who have large Roman Catholic populations. This celebration takes place the Tuesday before the season of Lent begins. Marti Gras, meaning “Fat Tuesday,” is a day of indulgences before Christians begin to make their sacrifices for the Lenten season.

Italian club celebrated Marti Gras with Holy family by hosting a big recess at the end of the day for students, teachers, and faculty members. There were henna tattoos, photo booths, ping pong, karaoke, a corn hole tournament, along with lemon, strawberry, chocolate and vanilla gelato.

During class, a traditional Italian game roverino was played where the objective of the game is to put a ring around a stick. In addition, all Italian classes cooked pizza and made lemon and chocolate gelato to be sold at the event.

Join Italian Club! Leaders Anna Galiato and Mr. Dueck organize weekly meetings that consist of learning about Italian culture, eating tasty food, and practicing to speak in Italian (you do not need to know Italian in order to join the club). The club organizes Marti Gras every year and other activities around the school. The club also makes t-shirts each year that can be worn on spirit wear days.

Thank you for Italian Club for planning the giant recess and making gelato for the school!

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