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Magic and Mystery: Mardi Gras and Carnival Traditions

October 29 – March 19, 2023

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October 29 - March 19, 2023

Petrik Gallery

All over the world, Carnival celebrations take place in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday and Lent. In the United States, this festival is called Mardi Gras. Czech’s call it Masopust and the Slovak word is Fašiangy.

In the United States, Czech glass Mardi Gras beads were worn and thrown to crowds in New Orleans. In the Czech and Slovak Republics, costumes may depict a bear on a chain and its master, the so-called hřebenář (hair comb maker), a devil, animals, or the chimney sweep.

This exhibit will feature Czech and Slovak Carnival masks and costumes next to ornate beaded parade costumes from New Orleans, and Czech beaded necklaces. Artifacts and images will be borrowed from museums in the United States as well as in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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