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The Mardi Gras Festival

The Mardi Gras Festival

  • Mardi Gras is a Christian holiday celebrated in many countries around the world - mostly those with large Roman Catholic populations.
  • Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites.
  • It is celebrated on the Tuesday before the start of Lent.

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Mardi Gras Meaning

Mardi is the French word for "Tuesday", and gras means "fat." Traditionally, merrymakers would binge on all the rich, fatty foods that remained in their homes before entering Lent.

The word carnival is a common name for th...

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Mardi Gras Incorporated Into Christianity

When Christianity arrived in Rome, religious leaders decided to incorporate the pagan celebrations of spring and fertility into the new faith. This was an easier task than to abolish them altogether.

Consequently, the excess and debauchery of Mardi Gras season became a prelude to ...

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The American Mardi Gras

On March 3, 1699, French explorers landed near present-day New Orleans, Louisiana. They held a small celebration and named their landing spot Point du Mardi Gras.

In the following decades, New Orleans and other French settlements began marking the holiday with street parti...

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Mardi Gras Around the World

  • In Brazil, the weeklong Carnival festivities show colourful European, African and native traditions.
  • In Canada, Quebec City hosts the Quebec Winter Carnival.
  • In Italy, Venice's Carnevale is famous for its masquerade balls....

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