Mardi Gras is french for “Fat Tuesday”. So what is Fat Tuesday? Well it happens to be the Carnival celebration, which begins on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday Fat Tuesday specifically reflects the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.
Mardi Gras celebrations happen across the world and vary from one city to the next, but one of the best known party locations is New Orleans, Louisiana and that is due to much of the french culture and influence within that area.
Parades and people decorated in costumes and masks are common with people dressing up as fairies, animals, medievil characters, Indians, clowns, and more.
The very first Mardi Gras parade was held in New Orleans and is recorded to have taken place in 1837. The tradition in New Orleans became popular and quickly expanded. It became synonymous with the city and by the community members and was embraced by residents of New Orleans and people with French or Catholic heritage.
We are hosting a small Mardi Gras Celebration at our office which includes Gumbo, Beignets which are known as the Louisiana state donut, and true to the south, Cafe Du Monde Coffee made with chickory. Yummm.
Happy Fat Tuesday!