Annie's "Mardi Gras" Page

*Also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday and always 46 days before
~Celebrated on
March 8th, 2011~ & Tuesday February 21st, 2012~

The Dictionary defines Mardi Gras this way:
Main Entry: Mar·di Gras
Pronunciation: 'mär-dE-"grä,
in New Orleans commonly -"gro
Etymology: French, literally, fat Tuesday
Date: 1699
1 a : Shrove Tuesday often observed (as in New Orleans) with parades and festivities b : a carnival period
climaxing on Shrove Tuesday
2 : a festive occasion resembling a pre-Lenten Mardi Gras

Is it a Christian Holiday?
Are the origins found in Pagan Religions?
What does the Bible say about Mardi Gras?
Do all Christian's celebrate this holiday?
What is a Christian anyway and how can I become one?

Questions, questions and more questions. The last question is the easiest to answer. It is not very hard to become
a Christian but it does required a step of faith. To learn how to become a Christian visit:
The Four Spiritual Laws!

Please remember that every holiday and every activity that you take part in is an opportunity to share your faith
with others. Even if you "don't" celebrate this holiday or others it is still a witness in itself and an opportunity
to share the "Word of God" and salvation with others.

Now back to the holiday called Mardi Gras. Should you celebrate this holiday? That is entirely up to you and the
Lord. Remember that learning about the history of a holiday is not actually celebrating it. The Lord is really the
only person that knows your heart and motive in all that you do. Christians are not suppose to be the cause for
others to stumble, so seek the Lord in all that you do. Whether your questions seem small or insignificant to you,
the Bible reminds us that "there is nothing too hard for Jesus" and He really can handle anything.

You might be surprised to learn where some of our holidays come from. I have many different holiday pages and
they are all listed by month here:
Annie's Holiday Page. You might consider making your own holiday pages this
Annie's "Why I Have Holiday Pages" Page to find out why I have these pages.

Here is what The World Book Encyclopedia says about Mardi Gras:
"Mardi Gras, pronounced MAHR dee GRAH, is a lively, colorful celebration held on Shrove Tuesday, the day
before Lent begins.  The date of Mardi Gras depends on the date of Easter.  Mardi Gras takes place at the end
of a long carnival season that begins on January 6, or
Twelfth Night.  It is celebrated in many Roman Catholic
countries and other communities.  Mardi Gras means fat Tuesday in French.  The term may have arisen in part
from the custom of parading a fat ox through French towns and villages on Shrove Tuesday.

    French colonists introduced Mardi Gras into America in the early 1700's.  The custom became popular in New
Orleans, Louisiana, and spread through several Southern States.  Mardi Gras is a legal holiday in Alabama and
Florida and in eight parishes (counties) of Louisiana.  The New Orleans celebration is the most famous.
  But Biloxi, Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama, also celebrate Mardi Gras. 

Mardi Gras in New Orleans attracts tourists from around the world.  Parades begin the week before Mardi Gras.
  Societies called krewes organize and pay for the parades and other festivities.  During the carnival season, the
krewes give balls and parties.  They parade in masks and fancy dress.  A parade of floats and marching
bands climaxes the carnival on Mardi Gras.  Riders on the floats throw necklaces, toys, and coins
called doubloons to the onlookers.  Each year, the festivities have a theme. 


Mardi Gras goes back to an ancient Roman custom of merrymaking before a period of fast. 
In Germany Mardi Gras is called Fastnacht.  In England it is called Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday."

Compton's Encyclopedia tells us about "carnival":
"The name "carnival" originally was given to the season of merrymaking held on the three days before Lent
in Roman Catholic cities." "Every year, about a million visitors attend New Orleans's exciting Mardi Gras
festival in February or March."

Shrove Tuesday:
"Shrove Tuesday, pronounced shrohv, is the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  Its name comes
from the custom of making confession of sin and receiving forgiveness (being shriven) on that day.  Shrove
Tuesday is a time of celebration in many countries.  It corresponds with Fastnacht in Germany and Mardi Gras
in France and the Southern United States.  The English celebrate Shrove Tuesday as Pancake Tuesday
or Pancake Day.  They traditionally cook and eat flat, thin pancakes on that day."
~All the above information is from The World Book Encyclopedia~

Related Pages: Elaine's PANCAKE DAY Page -- history and recipes
What exactly is Fat Tuesday & Shrovetide

"History of the Pancake: Pancakes are probably the oldest prepared food. The first pancakes were a mixture of
pounded grain and water spread on a hot stone. Today, people enjoy such pancake variations as French crepes,
Hungarian palacintas, Indian dosai, Italian cannelloni, Jewish blintzes, and Russian blini."
~All the above information is from The World Book Encyclopedia~

The World Book Encyclopedia says this about Shrove Tuesday:
"Shrove Tuesday, pronounced shrohv, is the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Its name comes
from the custom of making confession of sin and receiving forgiveness (being shriven) on that day. Shrove
Tuesday is a time of celebration in many countries. It corresponds with Fastnacht in Germany and Mardi Gras in
France and the Southern United States. The English celebrate Shrove Tuesday as Pancake Tuesday
or Pancake Day. They traditionally cook and eat flat, thin pancakes on that day."

Here is what Compton's Encyclopedia says about Mardi Gras:
"Mardi Gras (or Shrove Tuesday), the day preceding the Roman Catholic period of Lent. The term Mardi Gras has
also come to be associated more generally with a prolonged festival celebrated in the pre-Lenten season. In many
Roman Catholic countries the period of festivities marking the last days before Lent is known as carnival. The
word is probably derived from the Latin carne vale, meaning "meat, farewell," because Roman Catholics
traditionally abstained from eating meat during the 40 days of Lent. The carnival season often culminates in
elaborate pageants held on Shrove Tuesday, the day before the beginning of Lent. This day is also called by its
French name, Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), which pertains to the custom of consuming all the fats in the home
before Lent. Mardi Gras is a celebration of life's excesses before the austerity of the season of Lent.

The duration of the carnival season varies according to national and local traditions. In Germany the pre-Lenten
celebration, called Fasching, either begins at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (November 11 at
11 AM ) or on
Twelfth Night (January 6). France restricts the pre-Lenten celebration to Shrove Tuesday.
One of the most well-known carnival celebrations takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
where the festival lasts for four days.

In the United States, the Catholic French who settled in Louisiana brought the traditions of Mardi Gras with
them from their native country. The celebration took root in New Orleans, La., which now boasts the most
famous carnival celebration in the United States. The millions of tourists the festival draws to the city are
a mainstay of New Orleans' economy. Mobile, Ala., and Biloxi, Miss., also stage well-attended Mardi Gras
celebrations. In New Orleans the carnival season begins on
Twelfth Night (January 6) and concludes
with the Mardi Gras festivities, which begin approximately ten days to two weeks before Fat Tuesday.

The earliest celebrations of Mardi Gras in New Orleans began in 1766 with masked balls and risque street
processions. By 1806 the annual revelry had gotten so out of hand that Mardi Gras celebrations were
forbidden, but the law was widely ignored. Authorities revoked the prohibition of the festivities in 1826,
after which the popularity of Mardi Gras grew tremendously. In 1827 youths recently returned to New Orleans
from studying in Paris donned masks and took to the streets in celebration of Mardi Gras. Following the European
fashion, masked balls became so popular in the city during the 19th century that the season's
duration was limited several times by law to prevent yearlong celebrations.

The social clubs called krewes that stage the festival's elaborate parades and balls first began organizing in 1857.
The first krewe to organize was the Mystick Krewe of Comus. Another renowned organization, the krewe of Rex,
developed in 1872. Many of the old-line krewes remain influential in the city's society. In the past,
krewes were often divided between men's and women's clubs, and some were infamously exclusive.
Today a city ordinance denies parade permits to discriminatory groups.

Each organization chooses a king, queen, and court from the families of its more prominent members. The
distinction of being chosen as "royalty" is highly prized among krewe members. A krewe carefully guards the
identity of its royalty until Mardi Gras or the day the krewe parades and stages its ball. Beginning shortly after
Christmas the krewes hold gala balls almost every night of the carnival season. As Lent approaches, the Mardi
Gras season is marked by parades throughout the days and nights. In the late 1970s the city council placed a
limit on the number of parades along traditional routes. The renowned Rex parade takes place on Mardi Gras, the
day before Lent. The king of Rex also serves as the king of the carnival--the distinction is bestowed on a
well-known civic and business leader. Revelers prize "throws," or trinkets that are tossed into the crowds,
including plastic beads and "doubloons," or brightly colored aluminum coins often embossed with a krewe symbol."

Festivals from Compton's Encyclopedia:
"Festivals are usually devoted to merrymaking. One of the most famous in the United States is Mardi Gras in New
Orleans, La. The custom was brought from France by the early settlers of Louisiana.

Mardi Gras is a time of feasting and fun just before Lent begins. The celebrations start sometime in January,
though the most elaborate activities take place during the week preceding Ash Wednesday. They end on the night
of "fat Tuesday," which is the literal translation of the French "Mardi Gras." Every year thousands
of tourists crowd New Orleans to see elaborate floats, dancing in the streets, and the colorful
crowning of a queen by Rex, the Lord of Misrule."

Mardi Gras Links:
I do not necessarily agree with everything on all the sites. Please always remember to
always have discernment and wisdom as you travel on the internet.

Mardi Gras Crafts & Activities:
Mardi Gras Crafts
Mardi Gras FAQ - Frequently Asked Question's about Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras Project - feathered Mask
Mardi Gras
Coloring Pages
The Virtual King Cake Game
Arts and Crafts Activities
Mardi Gras from Family Crafts at
Mardi Gras Crafts - "Celebrate the holiday with one of our dress up Mardi Gras crafts....."
Feathered Mardi Gras Masks
Mardi Gras Beads & Mardi Gras Float
Mardi Gras Noise Maker & Mardi Gras Party Popper
Let the Bon Temps Roll! It's Mardi-Gras Time! from

More Mardi Gras Links:
Mardi Gras History
AboutMardiGras - Mardi Gras Info Site!
Mardi Gras Madness at Web Holidays
MSN Encarta - Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras Directory from Google
Mardi Gras from There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays
How Mardi Gras Works from
Mardis Gras and Cajun Food Recipe Guide
Learn How To:
Celebrate Mardi Gras from ""
Mardi Gras Page from Funology

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Annie's Twelfth Night Page
Annie's April Fools Day Page
Annie's Easter Welcome Page
Annie's Wisemen Page
Annie's Card Shop
Annie's Holiday Page
Annie's "Holiday Fun & Free Stuff" Page
Annie's "Why I Have Holiday Pages" Page
Annie's Holiday Graphics Page - January - June
Annie's Holiday Kids Page - a list of all of my holiday kids pages.

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