Monday, 7 March 2011

Mardi Gras!


I don't know why, but Mardi Gras has always kind of freaked me out a bit.

And what does being fat on a Tuesday have to do with sparkly, feathered masks and flashing strangers for shiny plastic beads?

Upon further investigation, I found some fun facts about this colourful holiday...

  • Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday is so named because it's the day before Lent begins and people indulge a bit before the 40 day fast.
  • The beads thrown from the parade floats used to be made from glass but were replaced by plastic ones because well, broken glass hurts
  • The colours Purple, Gold and Green  that are synonymous with Mardi Gras stand for Justice, Power and Faith, respectively.
  • Some people in New Orleans apparently refer to the day afterward as [Tr]Ash Wednesday because of the garbage left behind once all the drunken reveling is over. 
  • And finally, my favourite one- Pancakes are the traditional food of Mardi Gras : )









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