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What is Fat Tuesday?

Mach 5th , 2019

Mardi Gras !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to historians it all began thousands of years ago as a few local celebratory events honoring spring and fertility among Roman Catholics. Then the debauchery spread to other European countries such as France, Germany, England, and Spain, because everyone loves a good party, and finally made its way overseas to America with early settlers at the beginning of the 18th century. And the reason “Fat Tuesday” is the English translation of the French term “Mardi Gras” is because members of the Christian faith would stuff themselves with beef, bread, and anything else that was left in their homes on the last day before Ash Wednesday, which kicked off the 40 days of Lent leading to Easter Sunday.

Lent is a 40-day period of fasting and sacrifice, traditionally observed by Christians. And in order to find the strength and willpower within to go 40 days without your favorite edible things, the period of sacrifice needs to kick off the opposite way — with all the edible things your stomach can hold before you pass out covered in beads.

Also, fun fact: Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. where Mardi Gras is a legal holiday.

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