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Article updated: 3/12/2013 11:23 AM

Carnival at Aristotle Preschool and Kindergarten

Students and teachers dressed up in costumes.

Students and teachers dressed up in costumes.


Rita Petratos

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By Rita Petratos

Carnival, Mardi Gras, or in Greek "Apokries" came to the students at Aristotle Preschool and Kindergarten. A carnival filled with music and dancing was held at the school. The students were treated to a special performance by Ronald McDonald. His magic show put smiles on the students faces and they all watched the show dressed up in their costumes. Earlier in the week students learned that "Apokries" means "Apo - apo kreas," or saying goodbye to meat because after Carnival starts the period of Holy Lent for Eastern Orthodox Christians. Eastern Orthodox Christians fast from meat, eggs, dairy, and alcohol for a period of 40 days leading up to Pascha or Easter. "Clean Monday" or the first day of Holy Lent for Greek Orthodox Christians begins on March 18. The students decorated colorful and creative masks to prepare for Apokries. Parents also treated the students to a lunch and the students enjoyed learning about the customs and traditions associated with Apokries. To learn more about Aristotle Preschool and Kindergarten visit our website at

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