Last week I posted briefly about my concern over Carnaval and what to expect over the weekend. I needen’t fear- everything thing was fine, albeit colorful!
We attended a parade Sunday afternoon in our village of Oisterwijk with the lion, giraffe and shark in tow and prepared to see some floats and maybe catch some candy. We experienced that and then some… but for the most part I could not get over the explosive use of color:
The boys are off from school all week and most of the businesses are closed today and possibly tomorrow. The colorful masks and banners have probably been cleaned up from the streets by this point and I imagine most of my neighbors are sleeping off a little overindulgence from the weekend. Thankfully the school has a ‘little Carnaval’ for the kids every day during the afternoon so I can at the very least take them up there to burn off some energy!
Drinking is pretty huge, in fact there were four huge party/disco semi trucks that went through the parade- and in fact most of the adult (adult being 16 years +) participants were drinking. I had to laugh at my husband and I as this was a party that years ago (pre kid) we would have thoroughly enjoyed… however times have changed and we’re a wee bit responsible now.
I am looking forward to the next big holiday here- Queen’s Day. My local expat friend told me recently that it will most likely be a completely insane celebration as this is the year Queen Beatrix is passing on the throne to her son Willem. From what I understand, she and her family are beloved by the majority of the country and will be sad to see her go- but determined to host her a lovely send off. We only have a couple of months to wait- so I look forward to sharing that with you in April!
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Did you participate in any festivities over the weekend?