February 13th Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday

Since Wednesday is Ash Wednesday that means today is Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. It is the day where we eat what we want, parade around in a costume to disguise who we are and be a little naughty before we fast and get ready for Easter.


No place in the world celebrates Mardi Gras like New Orleans on Bourbon Street. Sometimes things get a bit out of control. Okay… all the time things get a lot out of control but it’s all in the name of fun. (Or at least it’s supposed to be) This year Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day… that ought to be confusing.

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Naturally masks and beads make up a good deal of Mardi Gras. I am not exactly sure why, maybe the mask so we can hide from others that we are over indulging. The beads have turned into something a lot more fun, if you are a guy. They originally were designed to be a favor given to females for doing another sort of favor. images (2)

It is really all about the food though. Generally hot and spicy. (But you can enjoy it any way you like it) It is all about enjoying yourself before the sacrifice you are supposed to make. In Pennsylvania, among the Dutch and German people, the holiday is known as Fastnacht Day. Same difference though not so many masks and beads. (After all it’s cold in Pennsylvania this time of year.)


How to celebrate – Party!!! Try some new kind of food. Don’t forget the beads!!!