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Remembering how our Ancestors celebrated many traditions

Dancing to the song, l’Escaouette, just as their ancestors did many years ago.



-by Rosie Aucoin-Grace
       
    If we could turn back the pages of time, this would be quite a celebratory month among the Acadians. They would be revelling in the Fête de la Chandeleur (Candlemas) and Mardi Gras. Although, residents from the francophone region of our county are known for their dedication and determination to keep their customs, language, culture, and beliefs that were handed down from generation to generation. It can be very challenging but through the preservation of song and dance and strong attachments to their ancestral heritage, whether on a small or large scale, Acadians still celebrate old customs.
    Fête de la Chandeleur (Candlemas), also known as Fête de la Lumière, this old tradition is still celebrated in many parts of the world. This religious ceremony is known as the celebration of candles…the celebration of light – in French, “La Chandeleur”.
    Mardi Gras also called Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday in English, refers to events of the carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.

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