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The Acadians are the descendants of the 17th-century French colonists who settled in Acadia. The colony was located in Eastern Canada’s Maritime provinces. Somewhere along the way, the Acadians developed a way to contend with the restrictions of the Lenten season. Instead of doing any penance for the full forty days, they interrupted the season with a week’s celebration involving costumes to hide the identity of the offender! They spent a full week indulging and celebrating. It looks a lot like Mardi Gras to me. And if you click on the link below, you will understand why.

Some Acadians migrated to present day Louisiana, where they developed what became known as Cajun culture. Most Acadians who returned to Canada ended up in New Brunswick because they were barred by the British from resettling their lands and villages in the land that became Nova Scotia. Click here for an interesting article about the history of the Acadians.

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