Carnival at MoMath —
with a Hungarian Twist!

Saturday, February 10
4:45 pm to 7:45 pm

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to indulge in the magic of Carnivals and Hungarian traditions while exploring the mathematical mysteries behind traditional Hungarian dance.  Let’s create unforgettable memories together!

Step into a vibrant tradition of festivities celebrated worldwide in an exhilarating fusion of arts and crafts, dance, music, and culture, capturing the spirit of a joyous season and the essence of Hungary.  Plus, discover the hidden math in every dance move, adding an exciting layer to the festivities as you embark on a journey of global celebration.  Appropriate for families, seniors, singles, and date nights — this event is perfect for all who appreciate the beauty of mathematics woven into arts and culture.

Event highlights include:

    • Traditional Carnival Masks: Unleash your creativity as we delve into the history of Carnivals by crafting traditional masks under the guidance of professional folk artists from Hungary.  Explore the artistic expressions that have adorned festivities for centuries and take home your very own mask.

    • Doughnut-Eating Contest: Brace yourself for a whimsical challenge at a Traditional Doughnut Eating Contest.  Picture this: doughnuts hanging on strings, swaying in the carnival breeze.  Can you devour the sweetness without the aid of your hands?  It’s a test of skill enhanced by laughter with a dash of sugar-induced delight mixed in!

  • Hungarian Folk Dancing: As the sun sets, let the rhythm of live Hungarian folk music guide you into the heart of Hungary with Hungarian Folk Dancing.  Revel in the vibrant movements and understand the hidden mathematics behind each pattern, sequence, and step.  It’s a family-friendly exploration of dance, culture, and mathematics.

Note: Costumes are welcome!  Embrace the spirit of the carnival by dressing up in your favorite costumes to add an extra layer of festivity.

Pizza will be served and doughnuts will be used in an activity.  Registered participants who submit a request before noon on Friday, February 2 (one week prior to the event) will receive gluten-free pizza and doughnuts.

Presented by the Tulipan Foundation and the National Museum of Mathematics.