Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Today is Fat Tuesday

What is Fat Tuesday?

Fat Tuesday is Mardi Gras, the festival New Orleans, Louisiana, is famous for. "Gras" is French for fat and "Mardi" is French for Tuesday.
The annual festivities start on January 6, the Twelfth Night Feast of the Epiphany, when the three kings are supposed to have visited the Christ Child, and build to a climax on Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, which always occurs on the day before Ash Wednesday. The parties and parades will continue until Lent begins at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday.
Mardi Gras is a legal holiday in New Orleans. It is scheduled to occur 46 days before Easter. Since the actual date Easter occurs on changes yearly, Mardi Gras can happen on any Tuesday between February 3 and March 9.
For two centuries it has been an annual event in New Orleans, except during the two World Wars. And thats the facts!


The Church Lady said...

Interesting. Today is Fastnacht Day in PA! It is a tradition which takes place yearly the day before the first day of Lent. Happy Tuesday!

hulagirlatheart said...

We live nowhere near New Orleans or any other bayou state, but we are headed to a Mardi Gras celebration in my hometown tonight. It is more fun than a barrell of monkeys.

Dr.John said...

Among Anglicans, Lutherans and other Protestant denominations, and among cultures in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, this day is also known as Pancake Tuesday, as it is customary to eat pancakes on this day.[5][6][7]
Pancakes and doughnuts are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foodstuffs such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. The liturgical fasting emphasized eating plainer food and refraining from food that would give pleasure: In many cultures, this means no meat, dairy, or eggs.Happy pancake day. I celebrsted with pancakes for breakfast.

m (the misanthrope) said...

Interesting post, Janis! I said "Pancake Tuesday" today and whoever I said it to, had no idea what I was talking about. I was raised Irish Catholic and I remember eating pancakes on this day. I also remember giving up stuff for Lent. Hmm!

♥~♥ Tracey ♥~♥ said...

Happy Fat Tuesday!