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Fort Knox- Spanish Club Celebrates Carnaval
by Jaleen McKee
The Gold Standard
Fort Knox, KY | February 21, 2013
On Feb. 12, Fort Knox High School’s Spanish Club, el club de Español, participated in Carnaval, the final celebration before Lent. Carnaval is typically held on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. During the celebration, students participated in a cake walk in which they danced to Latin-American Carnaval music and won cakes and prizes; they danced for beads and played Carnaval games. The meeting ended with the eating of two King cakes.
Traditionally, King cake is served on Jan. 6, Three Kings Day. Participants would eat an oval-shaped cake containing a plastic baby, representing baby Jesus. It is customary that those who find the baby in their slice of cake host the party the following year. For this event, two king cakes were eaten, one by girls and one by boys; the male and female who find the baby in their slice were crowned Carnaval king and queen.
Sponsor Martha Wiser-Partin is pleased with the success of the Spanish Club, stating “They’ve had tons of fun this year!” Previously, they have hosted a dominoes tournament, several game days, pupusa making, and made masks for the Carnaval celebration.
The club meets two to three times a month and will meet again mid-March after the club officers decide on a date. El Club de Español encourages new members to join in their next activity, making empanadas during the March meeting.