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Mi-Carême: Mid-Lent
(pron. me-KAH-rehm) In Paris the fourth Sunday of Lent is celebrated by la fête des blanchisseuses- laundresses. They select a Queen of Queens who elects a king to sit beside her as she rides through the streets on a float. Then come the district queens, each with her own brilliant retinue of courtiers and ladies-in-waiting. In the evening they attend a ball. (9)

Green Wreaths: Holland: Country children make green wreaths on Palm Sunday and carry them from house to house begging for eggs. In Austria Palmbuschen are holly leaves, willow boughs, and cedar twigs on top of tree-sized poles. They are blessed and farmers keep them for a year to ward off sickness. (1, 11)

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