The Real Mardi Gras

CTH: Debauchery. Bacchanalia. Floats, costumes, beads and masks, and lots of drinking and partying. That’s what we think of when we hear the term Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday.

There is a lot more behind it. Also called Shrove Tuesday, it marks the last day of the liturgical calendar before Lent begins. After Catholicism spread throughout Europe, many cultures celebrated the final day before Lent began in ways unique to that individual culture. eggs, and milk were finished off in one day, giving rise to the term Fat Tuesday. In Poland, such things as lard, sugar, eggs, and fruit were forbidden during Lent, and the beloved pączki became a special treat for Fat Tuesday, and in Detroit they still sell many thousands of them to long lines of people.

Many people, Catholic and non Catholic alike celebrate Mardi Gras. Have a great day, but spare a thought to tomorrow.  MORE

10 Comments on The Real Mardi Gras

  1. I keep telling my church kids you do get to take Sundays off if you wish. Some do, some don’t. 🙂

    My Lenten commitment this year is to find something uniquely joyful each day.

  2. The Jazz Station on XM had switched to Mardi Gras music on

    Sunday without telling Me…That explains why I’ve been drunk as

    hillary for the last few Days…

    (I’m easing My way into Jazz….because I am absolutely burned

    out on everything else)

  3. Never been to Mardi Gras, but i have been Fantasy Fest in Key West.

    I’ve been told the latter is like the former…except on steroids.

    We were there mid-week and there were 40,000 people in the streets. They were expecting 100K for the last weekend.

    You have to see it to believe it.

  4. Fat Tuesday thank God. We haven’t got shit done in weeks. I’ve been known to partying but damn. Crawfish are coming in so I have that

  5. Ash Wednesday and Valentines Day on the same day this year… There’s a cheap date! No drinks no dessert. Ha!
    Actuallu, I like Lent… a time to break habits, refocus, hunker down in the dull quiet. I also like Mimosas on Easter morning… just 40 days to go…


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