Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ostatki - the end of the Carnival season

"Ostatki" is the name for the last days of Carnival, starting on Fat Thursday and ending on Tuesday - day before Ash Wednesday.
Among the most famous Carnivals are without a doubt Carnival in Rio de Janeiro (5 days of partying and colorful parades), Carnival in Columbia, Carnival ball in Venice and Carnival in New Orleans in the USA.
Clubs, pubs and restaurants in Poland organize "Ostatki" parties. 
One of the oldest customs was to dress up, sing, dance, visit neighbors and do different tricks. This custom used to be popular in many villages across the country. 
Today, people gather together to dance and have fun, before the Lent and more peaceful time of a year arrives.

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