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Journal Writing Project: Mardi Gras 101


Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

By Alexis Jorgensen

Last Tuesday, February 17, was the celebration of Mardi Gras. Most of the Midwest is unaware of the traditions that happen at the celebration of Mardi Gras. When most people think about Mardi Gras, they think of beads, parties, and parades; however, this celebration is much more. What became a legal holiday in Louisiana in 1875 was once a Christian holiday with roots in ancient Rome. Most people don’t know what the traditions of Mardi Gras are, let alone what the meanings behind them are. Just a few traditions of Mardi Gras include the wearing of masks, throwing of beads, king of the carnival, and handing out Zulu coconuts.

Carnival, Carnaval, Carnevale, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, Fastnacht, Fastelavn, and Maslenitsa are common names used to refer to Mardi Gras. Did you know that Mardi Gras is celebrated in various countries around the world? Traditions such as wearing masks are well known when thinking of Mardi Gras. Hundreds of years ago, people wore masks at Mardi Gras to disguise themselves and escape their social classes. This way, if the people wore masks they were allowed to mingle with people of different social classes. Did you know that in New Orleans the people who are on floats are required by law to wear masks? Another item that people think of when they think of Mardi Gras are the beads in colors of purple, gold, and green. The color of the beads was actually determined by the king of the first Carnival in 1872. He wanted the colors of the beads to represent royalty. Purple represented justice, gold for power, and green for faith. The beads were originally made of glass, but due to the difficulty of them breaking all the time, the material has since been changed to plastic. A king is also crowned each year at Mardi Gras. His name is Rex, and each year the Rex Organization chooses a new Rex, who is always a prominent person in the city of New Orleans. The king is then given the key to the city by the Mayor. Lastly, the Zulu coconuts are the grand prize of any Mardi Gras celebration. These coconuts have been tossed into the crowd ever since the early 1900s. The coconut made its first debut in 1910 in a dulled-down form, all natural with its hair and not a single speck of gold or glitter on it. Coconuts were the first item to be thrown in the parades because people didn’t have enough money to buy beads, so they opted to throwing coconuts, a less expensive item.

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Journal Writing Project: Camera obscura

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Camera is latin for room, and obscura is latin for dark.(cameraobscura.co.uk, 2014) Basically it’s where an outside image is projected into a room upside down. It’s actually something very simple and easy to make. You could make one in your ow ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Camera obscura

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Camera is latin for room, and obscura is latin for dark.(cameraobscura.co.uk, 2014) Basically it’s where an outside image is projected into a room upside down. It’s actually something very simple and easy to make. You could make one in your ow ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Cell Phones for Soldiers

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Do you have some newer or gently used cell phones you don’t use anymore just lying in a drawer at your house? The Mabel-Canton National Honor Society is doing another service project called Cell Phones for Soldiers. With this program, you can br ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Cell Phones for Soldiers

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Do you have some newer or gently used cell phones you don’t use anymore just lying in a drawer at your house? The Mabel-Canton National Honor Society is doing another service project called Cell Phones for Soldiers. With this program, you can br ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Red or black

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Most people know that February 14 is the day of love. Although many people do not know where this special holiday came from, due to the fact that Valentine’s Day has been being celebrated since about 270 A.D. There are a couple of different storie ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Science or fiction?

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Journal Student Writing Project

Over the decades technology has advanced to limits unimaginable by many people. In 1955, a man walking on the moon would have been inconceivable and a work of fiction. Fourteen years later, it became a reality. The world is filled with incredible ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Science or fiction?

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Journal Student Writing Project

Over the decades technology has advanced to limits unimaginable by many people. In 1955, a man walking on the moon would have been inconceivable and a work of fiction. Fourteen years later, it became a reality. The world is filled with incredible ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Body image and the media

By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

The media is often blamed for influencing the way that individuals feel about their body image. Many people of society have expressed concern with the way that the media presents its advertisements, photos, and overall appearance. The individuals ..... 
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