Did you know……….
One of the best ways to help your child enjoy studying French is to participate in an event associated with the French language!
Québec City has been hosting an annual winter event, the “Carnival de Québec”, every winter for over a century. This very popular event draws a crowd of about one million people to celebrate the Carnival. It is a grandiose celebration which goes on for 17 days and is known to be the biggest winter celebration in the world! The mascot of the festive season is an immense snowman called Le Bonhomme de Neige. This life-size snowman always wears a red toque, white snow suit with black buttons, and an arrow sash. Le Bonhomme de Neige lives in a huge ice palace built of ice and snow which is a popular attraction amongst the carnival’s visitors.
It has been over a century since the launch of the carnival in Québec City, and it is a great opportunity for English speaking families to spend time with their children and to immerse themselves in the world of French language and French culture! The 17 day event consists of over 200 activities and caters to both the young and the young at heart! Snow Sculpture Competitions and Ice Canoe Races are some of the fun activities at the Carnaval de Québec.
Of course, any celebration would be incomplete without great gastronomy. Do you love Beaver Tails sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon? Or maybe colourful cotton candy? The delectable cuisine available at the carnival is sure to please every taste bud.
In 2016, the Carnaval de Québec will be held from January the 29th to February 14th.
Inspired by this fun-filled event in Québec City, Rowntree Montessori Schools has also lined up a Carnival of its own in the month of January, including its own “Bonhomme de Neige” and many fun French related activities. Stay tuned for more details about the “Carnaval de Rowntree”!
JOYEUX CARNAVAL! (HAPPY CARNIVAL!)