Mi-Careme

Mi-Carême

Between March 8 and April 11; fourth Sunday in Lent
This break from the strictness of Lent has traditionally been observed in France, Belgium, and various islands of the French West Indies—including Guadeloupe, St. BarthÉlemy, and Martinique. In Paris, it is customarily celebrated with the FÉte des Blanchisseuses, or laundresses, who choose a queen from each of the various metropolitan districts. The district queens and the queen of queens chosen by them ride through the streets on a float, followed by their costumed courtiers and ladies-in-waiting. Then there is a colorful ball for the washerwomen that night.
In Belgium, Mid-Lent or Half-Vasten is the day when someone dresses up as the Count of Mid-Lent and distributes gifts to children.
CONTACTS:
French Government Tourist Office
444 Madison Ave., 16th Fl.
New York, NY 10022
800-391-4909 or 212-838-7800; fax: 212-838-7855
www.franceguide.com
SOURCES:
BkFest-1937, pp. 40, 121
FestSaintDays-1915, p. 52
FestWestEur-1958, p. 35
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Aussi, si certains elements sont d'abord mis en place pour le tourisme et reviennent regulierement dans le discours touristique, tel que la mi-careme, l'on peut se demander si d'autres elements, plus discrets dans les outils promotionnels, rappellent l'histoire ancienne ou recente de ses habitants, tel que la traversee en canot a glace ou l'etablissement du peintre Jean-Paul Riopelle dans le manoir de l'ile.
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Von Brandenburg's women are frequently presented in a liminal state: on their deathbed, as in Untitled, 2003, a wall drawing based on an 1858 photograph by Henry Peach Robinson; in the midst of a seance; or, as in her 2005 film, Mi-Careme, in a state of trance or possession, dressed in a Mi-Careme costume mask (a medieval French masquerade that takes place during Lent and continues to exist in Quebec) and surrounded by onlookers whose voyeuristic gaze is possibly malicious.
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A weeklong celebration, mi-careme is held at the end of March.
I suppose that there is nothing wrong in that; these last two lines read well, although carnivals in Lent does not convey the precision of Laforgue's mi-careme.
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