Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras, meaning "Fat Tuesday" in French, is also called Shrove Tuesday. Held the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of Lent, a period of fasting in Christianity, Mardi Gras is the last day of the three-day Carnival Festival. The most famous and elaborate Mardi Gras celebration is held yearly in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ask any questions you have about this fun-filled celebration here!

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Why is Shrove Tuesday also called Pancake Day?

Because the time after Shrove Tuesday is Lent and traditionally the families would use up all of the nice things in their cupboards and make pancakes. They used up all the nice stuff in their cupboards so that they could fast during Lent.

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What does Mardi Gras mean?

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

In the UK we call this day Shrove Tuesday. (Shrove comes from to shrive, an old word for Confession). It is also called 'Pancake Tuesday'.

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What are the origins of Fat Tuesday?

Fat Tuesday is also called Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras (and lead to Carnival and Pancake Day) and is held on the day before Ash Wednesday

Fat Tuesday is the French Translation of 'Mardi Gras'- a day when French people were encouraged to idulge in fatty foods and cuisine in preparation for Lent.

Shrove is derived from the Latin verb scribere, meaning, to write- "to prescribe penance." During the middle ages, religious leaders would ensure that "shriveners" (priests) were available to hear the confessions of the multitudes of presumptuous sinners who had committed all types of iniquity during Carnival.

It was a way to indulge in Sin before the period of Lent- self restraint and denial- to rid yourself of your sins.

Pancake Day- England began the tradition of serving pancakes, and for this reason the day is known as "Pancake Day"

Carnival Carnival became associated with Shrove Tuesday, in part from the Spring Equinox celebrations practiced by the Romans and ancient tribes of Europe. The word "carnival" comes fromLatin carnem levare, meaning "to take away the flesh".

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Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and it is common practice among Christians to sacrifice worldly pleasures during this season to remember the sacrifice of Jesus being crucified (Good Friday). Somewhere someone got the idea that if you're going to abstain from worldly pleasures for 40 days you might as well party it up for the day (Fat Tuesday) if not the week (MardiGras) before.
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Note that both Marti Gras (Fat - as in animal fat - Tuesday) and Carnival (Say goodbye to meat) both were times of eating meat before the commencement of the 40-days fast from meat that is (or was) Lent. Currently, Roman Catholics only skip meat on Ash Wednesday and fridays during Lent. Meat is also skipped on Good Friday, but Good Friday is part of the Triduum and not part of Lent itself.
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Why do the Mardi Gras end on Fat Tuesday?

marti gras is fat Tuesday marti means Tuesday and gras means big

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Louisiana
New Orleans

Is the Post Office open on Mardi Gras in New Orleans?

Yes

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History of Europe
English to French

How do they decide which Tuesday of the month is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras (French for "Fat Tuesday") is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, is the Wednesday 46 days before Easter. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. The vernal equinox is always on March 21. Easter must be on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25.

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Where did mardi gras originate from?

Mobile, Alabama

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What is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday 'Mardi Gras' means 'Fat Tuesday' in French. It is also called 'Pancake Tuesday' or ' Shrove Tuesday. It is the day before Ash Wednesday the beginning of Lent. On this Tuesday people celebrate and eat a lot of food because during Lent they don't eat as much. Mardi Gras was started in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras is also the last day of the three-day Carnival festival.

New Orleans is the most famous city to hold elaborate Mardi Gras celebrations, but a lot of other cities and towns celebrate Mardi Gras.

Basically it is NOT just a reason to party, but the premise is to indulge in things that you are going to give up for Lent.

And don't forget your beads.

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What is the real name for pancake day?

Shrove Tuesday

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When is Fat Tuesday?

"Fat Tuesday" is synonymous with the French term Mardi Gras (also Shrove day)- Fat Tuesday is technically the day before Ash Wednesday. It is a day when people eat all they want of everything and anything- pure gluttony- because the following day is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent- a long fasting period for Christians.

Going by the technical definition Mardi Gras begins on the following dates:

The time varies from country to country and even city to city. Some traditions consider Mardi Gras as the Carnival period between Epiphany (Twelfth Night) and Ash Wednesday. Others treat the final three-day period as being Mardi Gras. On Bourbon St New Orleans Mardi Gras begins right after New Years.

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Cakes

What do you put in a king cake besides a baby?

Usually just the baby goes into a King Cake. Sometimes people put a small coin (penny or dime) or a thimble in, too, though.

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When is fat Tuesday in 2012?

tuesday feb. 21,2012

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Was Mardi Gras ever celebrated in North Carolina or Georgia but it was forced out by the church leaders of either state?

http://www.holidays.net/mardigras/story.htm and http://www.eastjeffersonparish.com/culture/MARDIGRA/HISTORY/history.htm Answers this question. To put it bluntly, no. Mardi gras has never been held anywhere in the US but New Orleans. Its history dates back to early Europe but the celebration we know today was started in New Orleans and no other city celebrated it. Hope that helps. Mardi Gras is celebrated in Mobile, New Orleans and other Gulf Coast cities.This festive event was started in Mobile and according to some accounts, dates back to 1703. The celebration was originally called Boef Gras (Fat Beef).

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How long does Mardi Gras last?

One day. Its is on the day before Ash Wednesday and you feast and feast because you (if you are over 18 or if you want) fast on Ash Wednesday as a sign to show Jesus that we can give up somethings if he can give up his life to save mankind from sin.

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When was the first American Mardi Gras celebrated?

The first MARDI GRAS was first celebrated in a town about 60 miles south of todays new Orleans that town name is MOBILE in ALABAMA it is still celebrated there today and people from all over the us come to celebrate. On FAT TUESDAY there are thousands of people are in Mobile Alabama celebrating this festive hoilday

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Why do the british eat pancakes on mardi gras?

In the UK it is called Shrove Tuesday. (Shrove comes from an old word for confession.)

It is the day before Lent when people used to fast and give up various foods. Making pancakes used up the eggs etc. that would be forbidden.

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How is this holiday celebrated?

Martin Luther King's day is celebrated by holding the annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service has been the largest event in the nation honoring Dr. King.

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What is the origin of Mardi Gras?

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and it is common practice among Christians to sacrifice worldly pleasures during this season to remember the sacrifice of Jesus being crucified (Good Friday). Somewhere someone got the idea that if you're going to abstain from worldly pleasures for 40 days you might as well party it up for the day (Fat Tuesday) if not the week (MardiGras) before.

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If you have ten boxes of Mardi Gras beads for the parade what is the best way to organize all the beads into dozens?

Put each necklace in a small "Glad" bag. You can zip it up and see through the plastic to find the color you want. It also prevents all the strings of beads from tangling. *There is also another way. I own a bead store. What we do is take plastic bags and cut strips out of them. This creates a "loop" of plastic. Take the loop thru all of the strands you want grouped. Then either tie the strip (most secure) or loop the strip thru itself, much like you would hook two rubberbands together. Once you have these groups tied you can then pick them up by the tie strip. Sometimes we even loop a strip thru the small groups to create a larger group. We have been using this method for many years. You can also cut strips of paper, slip them thru the strands you want grouped and staple the band around the groups. Have fun at Mardi Gras

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What good songs are today to do with pancake day?

Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar on Me

Shanks & Bigfoot - Sweet Like Chocolate

Led Zeppelin - The Lemon Song

Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar

Guy Davis - Shaky Pudding

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Is Fat Tuesday a religious holiday?

mostly yes. depending on what religion you are.

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Louisiana
New Orleans

When was Mardi Gras 2001?

February 27th. Everything you ever wanted to know about mardi gras is on mardigras.com including past and future dates of the party! See y'all there next year!

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When is Valentine's Day next on pancake day?

pancake day is the same day as valentine's day next year :)))))))))

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When does Mardi Gras seaosn end?

Ash Wednesday.

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Why was Mardi Gras celebrated?

Mardi Gras is when Catholics commit sins for a week and then give them up for a month during Lint. The sins are usually something that will make there life better.

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