French classes participate in Mardi Gras celebrations

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On March 5, French students celebrated Mardi Gras in their classes with a feast. The holiday signifies the day before the season of Lent. The celebration is associated with eating rich and fatty foods before giving them up the next day.

Andrea Yocum, chairperson of the world language department, said “In early March the French classes will be celebrating Mardi Gras, which is an important holiday for Christians. It goes with a lot of medieval carnivals in France.”

Carol Syverson, French student and sophomore, said that the celebration was a good learning experience to connect back with those in France. She said, “It was cool to learn about cultural differences, like how they celebrate it in New Orleans is different from France. I also enjoyed relaxing and eating authentic French foods like crepes.”