The Origin of Mardi Gras

Do you know the history of Mardi Gras?

It is also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday. It refers to the events and celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating of the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.

“Shrove Tuesday” is derived from the word shrive, meaning “confess”.

It has its popular celebratory aspects, as well. Pancakes are a traditional food. Pancakes and related fried breads or pastries made with sugar, fat, and eggs are also traditionally consumed at this time in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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