Are you aware that this feast has religious origins and takes place on the eve of Ash Wednesday? It also signifies the beginning of the Lenten Season. Fat Tuesday is also know by many other names like Shrovetide Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras and more.
Fat Tuesday also marks the close of carnival season. After weeks of celebration, eating, drinking, dancing, costume wearing and general merriment, then comes Ash Wednesday and the commencement of 6 weeks of sobriety and self-denial, also known as Lent.
Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras is celebrated all over the world not just in New Orleans or Rio de Janeiro. Below are a few other examples:
Mobile, Alabama – Mardi Gras
Sweden – Fastan
The Netherlands – Carnaval
Italy – Martedi Grasso – Venice Carnival
Germany – Fasching, Fastnacht or Karneval
Belgium – Carnival of Binche (in the city of Binche)
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