Have you seen the celebrations already going on? Mardi Gras is tomorrow.
I swear this year is flying by fast.
Was it not just yesterday we celebrated Christmas and New Years?
Now we find ourselves getting ready for Mardi Gras.
Most understand Mardi Gras as a huge wild drunk street party.
However what most might overlook is that there is actually history
associated with that amazing wonderment that is Mardi Gras.
Did you Know
Did you know that the celebration of Mardi Gras is thousands of years old.
Many believe the holiday steams from Pagan celebrations of spring and fertility.
Like the majority of Pagan holidays as Christianity grew the powers that where decided to combine the celebrations of spring and fertility into one holiday aka Mardi Gras. It was meant to bring unity rather to further religious division.
How are Lent and Mardi Gras related
Lent is a religious celebration that is held between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.
Many refer it to a time of remembrance for the 40 days that Christ fasted in the dessert.
Those who take part Lent may do it in one of the following ways:
2. Giving up of a self indulgence or extravagance
3. Daily devotional
( in order to grow closer to god)
Mardi Gras is the day used to do the things that you may not necessarily be able to do during the Lent season. It is also known for being as a day to prepare for the beginning of your 40 day quest.
Mardi Gras and its Many Names
Mardi Gras is in fact celebrated worldwide.
Being so the holiday finds itself referred to by many names. You might hear the holiday be referred to as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday. Other names are Pancake Tuesday, Pancake Day, Martes de Carnaval, Fastan, Martedi Grasso, and Karneval. All of which refer to the day that you mostly likely know it as Mardi Gras.
When the Spanish took over New Orleans they decided that change was in order for the citizens of New Orleans. One of the ways the Spanish asserted their power was by banning all Mardi Gras celebration. This ban was not lifted until the state of Louisiana joined the union in 1812.
However you chose to spend the day. I hope that it is riveting and sensational.
You could be like me and plan to have a nice quiet evening at a home accompanied with a few glasses of wine. Be kind and share how you chose to spend Mardi Gras. Remember we love hearing from you. Leave a comment below or use #ThavinMarcob.
See you Wednesday,
Thavin & Marcob is a place where you are celebrated for being you!