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“Fat Tuesday” And Local Houston Celebrations

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Cicely C. Mitchell

Fat Tuesday is upon us and it begins what is known as “Mardi Gras season” or “Carnival season”. How did all of the celebration began? Here are some facts about Fat Tuesday that are sure to please the “party-goer” inside of you!

Fat Tuesday is Mardi Gras, the festival New Orleans, Louisiana, is famous for. “Gras” is French for fat and “Mardi” is French for Tuesday.

The annual festivities begin on January 6, which is the Twelfth Night Feast of the Epiphany, when the three kings are supposed to have visited the Christ Child.

The climax is ” Mardi Gras”, or Fat Tuesday, which always occurs on the day before Ash Wednesday.

Mardi Gras is a legal holiday in New Orleans and is scheduled to occur 46 days before Easter.

Since the actual date Easter changes annually, Mardi Gras can happen on any Tuesday between February 3 and March 9.

In French, “Mardi Gras” literally means “Fat Tuesday,” so named because it falls on the day before Ash Wednesday, the last day prior to Lent.

Lent is the 40-day season of prayer and fasting observed by the Roman Catholic Church (and many other Christian denominations) which ends on Easter Sunday.

For two centuries it has been an annual event in New Orleans, with exception of the two World Wars.

CLICK HERE for more information about the “Fat Tuesday” celebration at Grove Park Lounge!

CLICK HERE to learn more of great food and Mardi Gras celebrations at Brennan’s!

CLICK HERE to learn more of the Mardi Gras celebrations at the Mardi Gras Grill here in Houston!

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