Carnival / Mardi gras / Fastelavn / Setsubun 節分


 After the dark winter people in many cultures celebrate different traditional fests.

7 weeks before Easter, Chinese new year or Lunar new year is celebrated.

Japanese celebrate the beginning of spring. Let's make colorful decor and parade with music fun! 


Carnival mask homedeco



 It's very exciting idea!
Reuse and decorating with feather
& lace ribbons for broken or old
glass frame. Molto grazie





 matsubokkuri rio



Image of Carnival dancer
in Rio. Made with Acorn,
Pine cones, and Stewartia fruit.
One set each glue, and
carnival makeup!

Thank you to "Atelier Como"




The cake is hidden bean or a
small doll, the person who found it will either buy the next KING CAKE, there is a habit that must be held the next king cake party.


mardi gras kids mask


Mardi Gras Beads



The traditional colors of the
New Orleans Mardi Gras are
purple, green, and gold.
 All three colors were used by
the Catholic Church throughout
history and thus continued to
be used in relation to Mardi
Gras which was Catholic
in origin. (from Wiki)
 Gold color symbolizes power
and authority.
Green color symbolizes
destiny while Purple color
is justice.


 Sl katten af tnden           fastelavn kongekrone 2

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           fastelavn toendeslagning 1



 For Fastelavn children line up
during the festivities to hit
 a barrel which hides  a lot of candy
  inside. Scandinavian style pinata.
 Whoever hits the last of piece of
the barrel will be crowned cat king
or cat queen and put on a crown for
the rest of the day.  
The kids will dress up and visit the
neighbors and sing
  " Fastelavn is my name,
buns I want. If I get no buns,
I will make trouble.
Buns up, buns down
buns in my tummy.
If I get no buns, I will make

Thank you for



How to make Swedish Semla

Thank you "Steave from England" 

A scandinavan traditional sweet roll

 Semla (Sweeden)


            (Denmark & Nolway)

 Laskiaispulla (Finland)



 setsubun red onisetsubun blue oni

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  Mame maki    

The symbolic action of throwing
beans is known as mame-maki,
and is done to drive out demons
and invite good luck for the new
year. While throwing beans, the
family will yell “Oni wa soto
(Demons out), fuku wa uchi!
(Happiness in)”  Some believe
that eating the number of beans
equal to their age will bring
them health and happiness.
(means drive away evil matter)  

Printabl paper craft PDF  Thanks