Monday, February 4, 2008

¡Felices carnavales!

The pre-Lenten celebration of the Carnival is being held now in many countries around the globe. While the more popular carnivals are that of Rio Janeiro, Brazil with its many samba schools, or that of Venice, Italy with its spectacular tradition of donning masks and costumes that dates back to the 12th century, there many countries with a noticeably Mediterranean tradition that celebrate the few remaining ferial days before Ash Wednesday, which marks the Catholic tradition of Lent.

This picture of me and my Taiwanese friend Sewe was taken a year ago in Valladolid, Spain, where we celebrated the Carnival in a more restrained fashion, largely due to the harsh Castilian winter. It was later on published in the newspaper El Norte de Castilla. It's one of those rare moments when this quiet -- and for the most part, reserved -- city in Central Spain became one lively street party.



Anonymous said...

Estimado Marlon acabo de llegar hace más o menos 1 hora a Salamanca procedente de Ciudad Rodrigo de pasar los carnavales del pasado fin de semana. Aqui no son tan bulliciosos como en Cadiz o Tenerife, pero estan muy arraigado y durante la noche del Viernes y Sabado todo el pueblo es pleno Carnaval.

Saludos desde Salamanca.

Anonymous said...

¡¡¡Como me acuerdo de esta foto Marlon!!!!
jejejejeje Espero que disfrutes de los carnavales de este año, como disfrutaste de aquel