Mardi Gras

Clarence Schreiber By Clarence Schreiber, 25th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Mardi Gras is fun and interesting time of the year. It is also known as Fat Tuesday. It is celebrated before Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season.

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is a celebration prior to Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. Mardi Gras is French meaning Fat Tuesday. It is a practice where people are allowed to eat richer, fatty foods before the Lenten Season in which people stats fasting during this time.

In many parts of the world Mardi Gras has become a popular time, in which a day full of activities are planned with parades, people wearing customs and maske and so forth. In some cities in the United States, it is now called "Mardi Gras" or "Fat Tuesday". Each city the festival season will vary as some traditions would consider Mardi Gras as the entire period which is between Epiphany (or as for some would call it the Twelfth night) and Ash Wednesday. As for others would treat the last three day period before Ash Wednesday as Mardi Gras. Some of the cities that are well known for their Mardi Gras celebrations are: New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States; Quebec City, Canada, Port of Spain; Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to name a few.

Carnival Season

A Carnival is a very important part of the celebration in Anglican and Catholic European nation. For the people who live in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the week before Ash Wednesday it is called "shrovetide", ending on Shrove Tuesday. It has it's popular celebratory aspects as well. In many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean thing that they tradtionally consumed around this time are pancakes and some related fried breads or pastries made with sugar, fat and eggs. Here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where I live, most bakeries sell doughnuts that are filled with different types of jellies, custards and cream cheese. They are called Paczki, they are so good. Also Potawatomi Bingo Casino has promotions that goes on up to Fat Tuesday.

The Colors of Mardi Gras

The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. The meaning of these colors are as follows: purple represents justice, green represents faith and gold represents power.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
I live in the Upper Midwest and I enjoy collecting sports cards, history to name a few. Some of the things that I like to write about varies bio on people, television stations, places and more.

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author avatar Denise O
26th Feb 2012 (#)

I have never been to Mardi Gras. I have been to La. though many of times, my son and I have had lunch on Bourbon street in New Orleans. Best plate of shrimp I have ever had. Nice one. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
26th Feb 2012 (#)

I have only read about and seen Mardi Gras on television, so thank you, Clarence.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
26th Feb 2012 (#)

I love Mardi Gras. Been there and done that many time. Hope to attend several more times before I kick the old bucket. It's on my bucket list.

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author avatar Buzz
26th Feb 2012 (#)

It's something I only see in the news, this celebration. Thanks for sharing, my friend.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Good to read new items...Thanks.

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Feb 2012 (#)

I learn something new every day here on Wikinut! Thanks Clarence for a really interesting and informative read..

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author avatar Mikey.
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for the share.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
27th Feb 2012 (#)

a beautiful share..thank you

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author avatar Johnny Knox
7th Jun 2013 (#)

Interesting festivity. Didn't know most of the info you provided here. Nice read!

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