F Words That F*ing Rock #1: Festival

F Words That F*ing Rock #1: Festival

Welcome to my new series! F Words That F*ing Rock showcases words starting with the letter F that have the power to rock your life hardcore. This week’s amazingly awesome F word is:

Festival

A festival is a giant celebration of a significant cultural or religious event, usually tied to a specific date (or date range). From Chinese New Year to Brazil’s Carnival to India’s Diwali (festival of lights), festivals are huge parties that occur in cultures all over the world, bringing people together in joyful camaraderie.

Here in the US, this weekend marks the beginning of the Mardi Gras festival. Although Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday) itself isn’t until March 5, the Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans, which is the biggest Carnival celebration in North America, begins in earnest this weekend, with several major parades scheduled for Saturday (March 2) and Sunday (March 3).

Although, you might say that the kickoff to Mardi Gras was the arrival of King Bacchus LI on Thursday, February 28. The Krewe of Bacchus always picks a celebrity to be their King, and past Kings include some pretty big names: Bob Hope (V), Jackie Gleason (VII), Charlton Heston (XV), William Shatner (XIX), and Hugh Laurie (XLVI). But the whole reason I’m writing this post is that this year’s King, Bacchus LI, just happens to be Jensen Ackles.

Bacchus LI Jensen Ackles arrives in New Orleans. Video by NOLA.com.

Not only is Jensen the King of Bacchus, but he also celebrated his 41st birthday on Friday, March 1st, as he carried out one of his official King duties: visiting the patients, parents, and staff at the Children’s Hospital.

Jensen speaking as King at the Children’s Hospital. Video from WWL TV.

Between official videos, Instagram stories from Jensen’s friends and family, fan photos, and Bacchus photo ops, my Twitter timeline was basically a fount of concentrated happiness yesterday. Add in all the birthday wishes from fellow cast members, GIF threads from fans, and celebratory blog posts, and I spent most of Friday smiling hard enough to make my cheeks hurt.

Bacchus LI Jensen Ackles at the Hilton Riverside in NOLA.
I mean, look at him!

Festival doesn’t necessarily have to mean “giant outdoor party.” I definitely described my Twitter timeline as a “festival of King Jensen awesomeness” several times yesterday. If you’re having a bad day, or you need a pick-me-up, try starting a Festival of Awesomeness of your own! Collect pictures, videos, songs, quotes, or anything else that relates to your Fave or your FOA, and put them all together on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any other app you like. Put them all together on a wallpaper or lock screen. Program them into a Twitter bot and share them with your fandom friends. Print out all the pictures and attach them to a string of lighted photo clips, like this:

SPNLA 2009 photo collage and light clips with J2 photos
I call these my “Jensen lights.”

Anytime is the right time for a Festival of Awesomeness. Start your own today!

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