Mardi Grass is a carnival at the beginning of Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and peaking at the day prior to Ash Wednesday. However, its origin dates back thousands of years ago in the pagan culture of spring and fertility rites. When Christianity came to Rome, religious chiefs decided to combine this local culture into the new belief. Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday because of the practice of consuming rich fatty meals before Lenten sacrifice and fasting. In the UK, Mardi Gras is called Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday. The length of this festival varies among countries. During this event, merrymakers will eat meat, eggs, milk, lard, and cheese. In Brasil, it has the features of vibrant European, African and native traditions. In Italy, visitors come to Venice’s Carnevale which had happened since the thirteenth century. It was famous because of its masquerade ball. In Germany, it is known as Karneval. In Denmark, children dress up like Halloween and gather sweets from their neighbors.
It is the holiday and you will have a feast with your family or friends. There are several reasons why people love to play games like trivia. The first one is for education. Maybe your family has been celebrating this festival for as long as you can remember. Of course, understanding what the event means and the details are important. It can increase the feeling of wisdom and appreciation because then you and your family know the history behind this festivity. Furthermore, since you know its roots, you can judge for yourselves which activity is in line with the spirit of your religion. Secondly, the game in itself is inclusive. It is a question and answer based activity. Whoever has the knowledge from reading or hearing about it can join and have fun. However, most importantly, it can be played in groups with many people as well as provide chances for solo players. It is a rather enjoyable and intellectually stimulating activity.
To host this event, you can prepare many things first. Hence, your family or your guests will feel that they are taken care of. First of all, choose a room at your house that is suitable. It is suggested to be a living room since your dining room will be used for meals. You can decorate the rooms with colorful ribbons, buntings, and masks. Make sure the colors are a combination of purple, green, pink, blue, and white. You can mix and match. After that, you prepare a list of questions, papers, and pens. When your guests are ready, you can give them a paper and a pen each. You start reading the questions. You can do rounds and each round has 5-6 questions. To check the answers, your guests can exchange papers and help each other score their marks. Do this until all are enjoying the game and finally feel satisfied. Enjoy your time!
Since children will play it, you can start by explaining what Mardi Gras is and the suitable culture related to this celebration for the students so that they understand what they are going to do. The easiest and simple game to be a starter is doing a trivia quiz. First of all, of course, you need to prepare the supplies and tools. They are white paper, pens, a laptop, a projector (the questions are in a presentation), and snacks as well as drinks. Secondly, gather all your students facing the projector. You give each student a paper and a pen. Then you start to show the questions in front. Make sure you have decorated the presentation as well. Make it 3-4 rounds with 10 questions each. Do it until all of the students feel that it is enough. After all, is finished, divide them in two and ask them to talk about the questions and answers. They can expand it and talk about religious concepts or future plan for the festivity and share it. Now, the top three winners should do something to the whole class. It can be singing, dancing, or story-telling.
To make a more meaningful activity, you can make your own questions cards. First of all, prepare the materials. They are purple paperboards, a marker, a ruler, glitters, coloring pens, and scissors. Before you start you should have a long list of questions with the answers on another paper. Now, divide the paperboards using a ruler and a marker. You cut the purple paperboards into small rectangles. You make a frame with a marker on each card. At the center of the card, you write the question with the coloring pens. For a finishing touch, you can add glitters. Now, you have your own cards to use and share.