Happy Fat Tuesday! What is fat tuesday?

What is Fat Tuesday?
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.

Mardi Gras’ Catholic Roots

People seem to address it as fat tuesday in the midwest. Havent heard the term used so popularly when I was in connecticut or may be I was not so domesticated 😉


2 thoughts on “Happy Fat Tuesday! What is fat tuesday?”

  1. Interesting. The story I heard was that the fasting period during Easter (Lent) starts from the Wednesday, and therefore all the rich food at home like eggs, butter etc were used on the Tuesday and hence the name ‘fat tuesday’!

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