Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fat Tuesday


Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Happy Fat Tuesday!  Even though I had President's Day off yesterday, I am still stuck in the 
"Monday" morning rut with a pile of work and a to-do list a mile long on my desk.  
I would much rather be in NOLA celebrating the last day of Mardi Gras!  Don't you agree?!

For fun, here is a little Mardi Gras history for 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 start on January 6, the Twelfth Night Feast of the Epiphany, when the 
three kings are supposed to have visited the Christ Child, and build to a climax on Mardi Gras, 
or Fat Tuesday, which always occurs on the day before Ash Wednesday. 
The parties and parades will continue until Lent begins at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday.

Mardi Gras is a legal holiday in New Orleans. It is scheduled to occur 46 days before Easter. 
Since the actual date Easter occurs on changes yearly, Mardi Gras can happen on any 
Tuesday between February 3 and March 9.

For two centuries it has been an annual event in New Orleans, except during the two World Wars.

6 comments:

Carly said...

Laissez les bons temps rouler to you too!

Ha, I think I'm going to live it up and have Five Guys for lunch! I take Fat Tuesday literally.

Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

Are you from Nola? I did a mardi gras post today too! Since I am homesick, I posted pictures of all my past mardi gras!
And indeed it's a holiday. The whole southern part of the state shuts down from fri-wednesday!

miki said...

The best thing about having Monday off, is that then you feel one day behind all week, so when it's the weekend you're stoked because it feels like Thursday!
Happy Fat Tuesday BACK at you!

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

I am still trying to decide what to give up for lent, last year it was chocolate.

Emily @ Dashboard Diary said...

happy mardi gras to you too! still celebrating big over here in louisiana (even though i'm up in north la, no nola for me this year!) great post, love your blog!

Courtney said...

I was in NOLA for Mardi Gras! It was a blast! I wrote about it on my blog! And they get off school for 3 days for Mardi Gras. Some even more than 3. Even colleges!

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