Friday, February 18, 2011
preparing for Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday called in the USA, is a Carnival like we have in Belgium. The Gilles of Binche situated in the french part of Belgium is very known accross the border. In 2003, the "Carnival of Binche" was proclaimed one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
It is a very old tradition where the man wears wooden clogs and the costume is stuffed with straw. It is a very hard job to be a Gilles de Binche and goes mostly from father to son to become one. It takes a good preparation and excersise trough the year to walk with the clogs and the heavy head piece of feathers.
We also have Carnival in the Flemish part of the country, the community Aalst is the most famous one. On that day the' Voil Janetten' , meaning the Dirty Homo's (sorry is not my definition but used in a funny context),all man who like to be dressed as a woman can do so, we are very tolerant and having great fun:-)
Also the pararade is colored with slogans for things that happened last year, for sure it will be the long taking decision on making a new government. Yes we have a record, over 250 days already. It demonstrate how the politicians want an independent Flemish and French side with Brussels in the middle for a great fight !
so this was a Real Life peek for Carnival :-)
The virtual Carnival for InWorldz is coming along and I'm making a few outfits :-)
There will be a great Celebration for the Mardi Gras with a lot of festivities like a Fashionshow a Maskerade Ball, Float contest, marketplace with stalls and much more... I'll keep you posted !
For now I return to my atelier to do some more work ... see you soon :-)
Take a note in your Agenda : Tuesday 8th of March Mardi Gras....
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Posted by Mira Karu at 7:54 PM