Presentation on theme: "By Sarah Turpen and Emma Heidebrink Ponce Festival Masks."— Presentation transcript:
By Sarah Turpen and Emma Heidebrink Ponce Festival Masks
●The people of Ponce, Puerto Rico celebrate the Ponce Festival ●Attendance is 100,000 (estimated) Who celebrates this?
●Puerto Rico’s caribbean version of Mardi Gras ●The epitome of everything Puerto Rican ●Puerto Rico has been celebrating the Ponce Carnival for more than 250 years! What Is The Ponce Carnival
●Each year this carnival is celebrated for the entire month of February. ● It is a special event before the Christian season for Lent. When Does this occur? Amethyst
●It’s held in Ponce, Puerto Rico (carnival) ●More precisely, downtown which is known for its history Where is it held?
●Like Mardi Gras, the carnival has roots to catholicism ●Vejigantes are believed to be demons ●They beat children and other innocents to whack away the evil sprits within them ●They were used to scare away evil and scare people to go back to church Why do they use Vejigas?
●Colorful character introduced to carnival hundreds of years ago ●Name originates from the word vejiga(bladder) ●Used to use cow bladder ●Now they use balloons/plastic ● Myth: Vejigante used to blow vejiga up and chase children Vejigante( bay-he-GAHN-tay)