History of Fat Tuesday
Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to pagan celebrations of Spring and fertility. When Christianity arrived in Rome, religious leaders decided to incorporate these traditions into the new faith rather than just abolishing them. As a result, the excess and debauchery of the Mardi Gras season became a prelude to Lent, the 40 days of penance between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.
In French, Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday." Fat Tuesday is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday. Traditionally, in the days leading up to Lent, people would binge on all the meat, eggs, milk and cheese that remained in their homes, preparing for several weeks of eating only fish and fasting. During Lent, many Christians give up something special that they enjoy, so Fat Tuesday serves as a celebration to enjoy that favorite food or snack that will be given up for the long lenten season.
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