Farsang

For the past couple days the weather has been really nice, which has given me a false hope that spring is here but I have decided to just go with it and be excited about spring anyway.  There is bound to be some more snow storms and cold weather but for now it’s warm, the sun is shining, and I am ready for the season to change.

Today at the Children’s House we celebrated Farsang, the Hungarian carnival season.  The carnival season, which precedes Lent, begins on Epiphany and ends on Ash Wednesday and is full of parties, masquerades, balls, and parades that are intended to scare off winter and welcome spring.  The kids dressed up to send winter on its way and greet the spring that has been with us for the past couple days—I really hope it is here to stay.  We had a lot of fun and shared a lot of laughs while we sang, danced, played musical chairs, had doughnut eating contests (and just ate a lot of doughnuts), and played with balloons!  The princesses, clowns, angels, witches, and tigers at the House this morning had a lot of fun playing and being in fellowship with one another.  One little boy even dressed up as Santa Clause with a bright red mask and rosy cheeks—all the costumes were great!

The House was full of smiles and happiness this morning as we celebrated the changing seasons.  May you find happiness in the anticipation of a new season in your life.

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