In case you didn’t know, today is Fat Tuesday (also known as Mardi Gras in French). It’s the last hoorah so to speak before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Basically, you get to get all of your fun, crazy drinking or whatever other activities you participate in out of the way before Lent begins. The origin of Fat Tuesday came from the tradition of slaughtering and eating a calf on the last day of the Carnival. This “Carnival” celebration originated initially in Europe and some parts of Latin America. The Carnival starts on January 6 (12 days after Christmas) and lasts until Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. Eventually the French in New Orleans brought this tradition to America for the big celebration we know of today. If you’ve ever been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, then you know it’s a sight to see. It would be interesting to see how it is celebrated in other countries as well though.
Here’s 5 Reasons To Love Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras)
Crawfish, Crawfish, Crawish!
Many restaurants will be serving boiled crawfish (so good with potatoes and corn) and lots of it on this day. So if you’re a seafood lover, this is the day to go out and get it!
In some parts of the country, Mardi Gras is actually called Pancake Tuesday. A great excuse to get in those last minute glutinous meals before Lent begins that include all those fattening ingredients used to make great pancakes.
Don’t Blame It On The Alcohol
Jamie Foxx may have made the phrase “Blame It On The Alcohol” popular a few years ago, but in actuality many people are probably doing just that today. There will be plenty drink specials floating around tonight, but remember to drink responsibly.
That New Orleans big band sound is contagious and you can’t help but move to it when you hear it. Tubas and percussion lead this addictive mood music for the occasion. Makes me want some Popeye’s (notice, a lot of this has to deal with food, lol).
Free Your Mind
On a serious note, I’m not Catholic, but the idea of participating in Lent is very admirable to me. I’ve watched others and participated myself a few times, and it is not easy. But in the end you do feel a sense of accomplishment and more in touch with yourself and God. Sometimes it’s good to have a little fun before you embark on a strenuous commitment. It helps make it easier in my opinion.
Does anyone celebrate Mardi Gras? What are your favorite parts about it?