By Luce Cada '23
In celebration of Black History Month and the start of the Lenten Season, the Black Student Union (BSU) hosted a beignet-making session on the afternoon of February 12th. Elaina Riley ‘21 led the one-hour session over Zoom after school, which was both a time to have fun and a time to learn about the history of Mardi Gras.
The session began with a presentation by Alana Garrison ‘23 about Mardi Gras, which is also known as Fat Tuesday. As the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which is the day that marks the beginning of Lent, some people feast on good food before starting the traditional fasting days of Lent. Mardi Gras originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, and there are many parades and parties held on that day. After the presentation, Elaina Riley ‘21 taught the attendees how to make beignets. Some students watched while others were able to make these delicious treats at home alongside Elaina.
BSU continues to provide students, faculty and staff with opportunities to learn about Black history and culture, and have some fun during Black History Month even through the pandemic. As Notre Dame brings cultural education to the table, BSU is doing their part to do the same.