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Fat Tuesday

February 24, 2009

mardi What is less known about Mardi Gras is its relation to the Christmas season. The season between Christmas and Lent is known as Carnival. Carnival comes from the Latin words carne vale, meaning “farewell to the flesh. The Carnival season kicks off with a series of parties leading up to Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras is literally the French word for Fat Tuesday. The name comes from the tradition of slaughtering and feasting upon a fattened calf on the last day of Carnival. Mardi Gras is the last day of Carnival and the party ends abruptly at midnight on Tuesday.

Carnival starts with the Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night, Three Kings’ Day and, in the Eastern churches, Theophany. Epiphany, which falls on January 6, 12 days after Christmas, celebrates the visit of the Wise Men bearing gifts for the infant Jesus. There are well-known season-long Carnival celebrations in Europe and Latin America, including Nice, France; Cologne, Germany; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and of course New Orleans here in the good ol’ U.S.A.

The official colors of Mardi Gras, with their roots in Catholicism are purple, a symbol of justice; green, representing faith; and gold, to signify power.

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For some really cool pictures on Carnival through out the world view this source.

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