Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Are You Celebrating Mardi Gras Today?

I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  - Mark Twain, American writer (1835–1910)

What exactly is Mardi Gras? Is it a party, a parade, a festival? I didn't know the answer, so I went looking. It turns out that it is based on religious activities.
Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”—the final feasting before the Christian season of Lent, which begins the day after Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday.
Fat Tuesday is also called Shrove Tuesday, a name that comes from the practice of shriving—purifying oneself through confession—prior to Lent.
For many Christians, Mardi Gras  (February 13 this year) is a time to receive penance and absolution. It is the last day to finish up the eggs, milk, and fat that are forbidden during the 40-day Lenten fast, which begins the next day (Ash Wednesday).
In countries with large Roman Catholic populations, Mardi Gras is also a day of revelry with festivals, parades, masked balls, and lavish dinners. In North America, New Orleans is the most known for its Mardi Gras celebrations with marching bands, decorated floats, colorful costumes and masks, lots of beads, and King Cakes. It is the celebration before Lent.



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