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Mardi Gras

A celebration that begins on or after the Epiphany and ends on the day before Ash Wednesday.

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  • Feb 22, 2012
What's not to love about a holiday that translates, roughly, to Fat Tuesday? It's Mardi Gras! You get to eat a lot, hopefully in the same place as good company!
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Chicken Run
Based on most programs that cross my television screen, you'd think that Mardi Gras celebrations only take place in New Orleans, LA, maybe one or two celebrations in Mississippi and Alabama, and Carnival in Rio De Janiero. However, my personal experience with Mardi Gras when I was growing up was a much more ancient version of the celebration that pre-dates all of the storied and popular versions most people are familiar with.      I grew up on the outskirts of the small town …
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The terms "Mardi Gras", "Mardi Gras season", and "Carnival season",  in English, refer to events of the Carnival  celebrations, beginning on or after the Epiphany and ending on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" (in ethnic English tradition, Shrove Tuesday), referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which started on Ash Wednesday. Related popular practices were associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. Popular practices included wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. In English, the day is called Shrove Tuesday, associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins.

In many areas, the term "Mardi Gras" has come to mean the whole period of activity related to the celebratory events, beyond just the single day. In some US cities, it is now called "Mardi Gras Day" or "Fat Tuesday". The season can be designated by the year, as in "Mardi Gras 2008". The festival season varies from city to city, as some traditions consider Mardi Gras the entire period between Epiphany or Twelfth Night and Ash Wednesday. Others treat ...
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