Have you ever been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans?
(Also known as Shrove Tuesday and Fat Tuesday)
Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, USA
|Significance||Celebration prior to fasting season of Lent.|
|2012 date||February 21|
|2013 date||February 12|
|2014 date||March 4|
|Related to||Carnival, Shrove Monday, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Maslenitsa|
"Mardi Gras" (pron.: //), "Mardi Gras season", and "Carnival season", in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The day is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday, from the word shrive, meaning "confess." Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent.