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FAT Tuesday

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!

besides the crazy partying shenanigans that take place in New Orleans to celebrate MARDI GRAS, i never really delved further into the why and what it’s all about though

until now:

it’s French for ‘Fat Tuesday’

the name comes from the ancient custom of parading a FAT ox through Paris on this day to remind people that they were not allowed to eat meat during Lent

it takes place anywhere between February 3rd and March 9th, depending on when Easter falls

the Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold

some customs from around the world:

Southern Italy = people dress up in costumes and put on an ancient play

Rio de Jeneiro = people dance in the streets

Nice, France = people wear GIANT masks in the Mardi Gras parade

Binche, Belgium = people dress in colorful clown costumes – called gilles – with bunches of ostrich feathers on their heads and dance in the streets, throwing oranges at the watching crowds

and the commonly known celebration in New Orleans = during the parade everyone dresses up in costumes, trinkets, especially beads and doubloons, are tossed to the crowds from the parade floats

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