This is from Wikipedia and sums it up pretty well. It's a big party that culminates today on Fat Tuesday. Then it is porridge and bread, or as we did where I was from, "Fish Fry Friday" . It was held at the church school in one of the rooms with beer kegs, wine and the priest on the piano. Good times.
Dad says we're supposed to fast. We'll fast on fish & chips this Friday. Many people give things up like smoking or drinking. It gets better on Easter.
The terms "Mardi Gras" (pronounced /ˈmɑrdiɡrɑː/), "Mardi Gras season", and "Carnival season", in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and ending on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" (in ethnic English tradition, Shrove Tuesday), referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. In English, the day is called Shrove Tuesday, associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins.
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