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PostSubject: Mardi Gras   Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:55 pm

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is the French-language term for the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, a traditional day for eating rich foods made with sugar, butter and other fats, and meat. This was because it was the last day before the start of Lent, which in Christian religious tradition was associated with ritual fasting. The term has come to stand for related celebrations, which in some areas take place for several days or even weeks before Ash Wednesday.


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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:00 pm

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 culminating 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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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:04 pm

In many areas, the term "Mardi Gras" has come to mean the whole period of activity related to the celebratory events, beyond just the single day. In some US cities, it is now called "Mardi Gras Day" or "Fat Tuesday". The festival season varies from city to city, as some traditions consider Mardi Gras the entire period between Epiphany or Twelfth Night and Ash Wednesday. Others treat the final three-day period before Ash Wednesday as the Mardi Gras.

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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:11 pm

Cities famous for Mardi Gras celebrations include Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Barranquilla, Colombia, Sydney, Australia, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Quebec City, Canada; Mazatlán, Sinaloa in Mexico; and New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.


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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:13 pm




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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:15 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:17 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:20 pm


Originally started as a means of hiding one's debauchery from neighbors, masks are an
important tradition of Mardi Gras. It's another way to dress up and get out of the norm.

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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:23 pm


Mardi Gras is a time to be over-the-top. Bright colors, massive floats
and sparkling trinkets are all part of the celebration.

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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:26 pm


Marching bands are a huge part of most parades. The blaring horns and drums pump up
the crowds and keep the rhythm of the floats moving.

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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:27 pm


It's not all drunken revelry and bead tossing. Mardi Gras goes back hundreds of years,
and many of the older traditions are still practiced, such as these masked horsemen.

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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:51 am

very interesting to know about it! thanks for posting, Owlet!! hurray hurray hurray
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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:53 am

vinny, you are welcome! Smile



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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:59 am


Rex, King of Carnival, rolls through downtown New Orleans.

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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:02 am


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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:14 am




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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:32 am

Carnival is an important celebration in Catholic European nations. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the week before Ash Wednesday is called "shrovetide", ending on Shrove Tuesday. 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.

Revelers perform during the 'Mameludicos Euforicos' street carnival parade
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, March 3, 2011.

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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:39 am


During the parade of the Vai Vai samba school in Sao Paulo,
Brazil, Saturday, March 5, 2011.

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PostSubject: Re: Mardi Gras   Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:45 am


During carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, March 4, 2011.
Covered in confetti and to the sound of drums, Rio's mayor Eduardo Paes handed the key to the city to King Momo, the mythical figure who reigns over the chaos of Carnival, officially opening this seaside city's five-day annual exaltation of music, booze and flesh.

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