Tuesday, February 19, 2008

La Mi-Carême

Fritz Zuber-Buhler (1822-1896)
La Mi-Carême [The Third Thursday in Lent]
Oil on canvas
49 x 67 1/2 inches (124.5 x 171.5 cm)
Private collection

La Mi-Carême was an ancient festival in Francophone countries: still celebrated in certain villages in France and in some Francophone areas of Canada. The celebration closely resembled that of Mardi Gras in Louisiana.

It falls half-way in the Lenten season: the Thursday of the third entire week of Lent.