Carnival started on Epiphany day (January 6), a date that signals the end of the Christmas holidays, and concluded on Mardi Gras, the day before Lent begins. Carnivals are relatively popular events in Europe and America, as they bring people together to celebrate and wear costumes, sing, dance, and play music. The Congregation’s nuns celebrated Carnival at Saint-Joseph farm.
A traditional Quebec and Acadian custom, the corn roast takes place out of doors. People gather to shuck and then eat boiled corn on the cob with butter and salt. Corn roasts are held at the end of summer, in August or September, and signal the end of summer.