Friday, January 30, 2004
More Fun Than Mardi Gras 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
"People dressed as mourners grieve while holding a dead sardine in a small coffin during "The burial of the sardine" ceremony in Madrid, March 5. The tradition comes from the royal court of Carlos III, when having taken some sardines with them for a picnic, the court found them to be spoiled and buried them in the Casa de Campo in Madrid. The tradition also marks the end of Carnival and the beginning of Lent. (Photo: AP)"