What to Expect at Carnaval

Feb 9th, 2018

Annunciation has a long-standing tradition of celebrating Carnaval. Every year, we select different countries around the globe to inquirer into their geography, histories, traditional dress and traditions. As our students travel from Kindergarten through eighth-grade, grade levels focus on countries from different continents or regions of the world.

As we grow and develop into an International Baccalaureate World School, we believe that Carnaval fits well with the mission of IB “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

What to expect:

Carnaval begins with a parade of students through the school and ending in the auditorium where each grade walks as their country's anthem is played. Next we all sing our national anthem and the theme song from the Christmas Program. Now Carnaval officially begins! 

Younger students are escorted around 'the world' with a parent or other adult chaperone while older students travel around with friends. They 'travel' to each grade to participate in crafts and activities, learn facts about each country, and get their passport stamped.

Meanwhile in the auditorium, kids and adults can enjoy food from each country. There is also a market for purchasing items to support Mission Haiti. Tickets for games, activities, and food can be purchased at ticket booths and students can buy $5 worth of tickets the morning of Carnaval from their teacher in their classroom.

Students love to spend some of their tickets at the raffle booth for a chance at many fun prizes. You can get involved by signing up for a volunteer time or by just coming and joining in the fun. The parade will enter the auditorium around 10:45am and Carnaval clean-up will begin at 2:00pm. Dismissal will happen at 2:45 unless you have made arrangements to take your child home earlier and have signed out with your child's teacher.

Families and community members  - please join us for this beautiful tradition! 

This year our Carnaval focus countries include:

Preschool:  Mexico

K- Haiti

1- Italy

2 - Ireland

3 - Nepal

4 - Uganda

5- Armenia

6- Spain

To give you another perspective, we asked some students about Carnaval – here are their responses:

What is Carnaval? 

"In Rio, a celebration or festival where you eat food and celebrate before Lent because you have to fast & give up something during Lent."

"Celebration of Fat Tuesday, they call it that because it's the day before Lent (Ash Wednesday)."

What is Carnaval like at Annunciation?
"When we get to learn about different countries & cultures and celebrate them."

"Carnaval is where all the students and their parents go around the school, they can get food at food booths - each grade has a booth which is a different country & has different foods, you can go to all the classrooms and do activities."

"It's really loud, you eat food from different places around the world, you wear costumes, you sing. You go to different classrooms and play a game or do a craft because it's fun to learn about different countries."

"You can eat some of the food from different countries, as well as doing different games and activities from different countries."

What do you like best at Carnaval?

"Making all the artwork on the walls."

"The food!"

"Eating the different foods and being with friends."

"Doing all the crafts and the food and working in the food booth."

"It is the best school day of the year (maybe tied with pajama day!)"


See you at Carnaval!

Sheila Loschy and Anne Lalonde Laux