Tuesday, March 4, 2014

It's Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday

It's time to party it up, and ....eat!!

Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. It is also known as Mardi Gras Day or Shrove Day. It is a day when people eat all they want of everything and anything they want as the following day is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a long fasting period for Christians. In addition to fasting, christians also give up something special that they enjoy. So, Fat Tuesday is a celebration and the opportunity to enjoy that favorite food or snack that you give up for the long lenten season.

Nowhere on the planet is Fat Tuesday celebrated more than on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The day is celebrated with festivities and parades and of course much food and drink. While in New Orleans, a big tradition is in wearing Mardi Gras beads and giving them to others. And tradition requires that if a guy gives a girl some beads, she has to do something for him.....this can be just loads of fun...

- Sonya

1 comment:

  1. I wonder if I would get beads?? LOL Interesting enough, people do not realize this is a tradition for people of many faiths...Some people often tie fasting to the Catholic base only...I myself, as a Christian, do believe I will try to give up something I most inevitably feel I can't live without...Hummm lemme think about it...


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