ITS MARDI GRAS TIME - WHERE'S THE BEADS?
Posted on Tue, Jan 23, 2018:
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MARDI GRAS - Mardi is the French word for Tuesday and Gras loosely translated means Fat, so Mardi Gras means FAT TUESDAY
MARDI GRAS or FAT TUESDAY
Medieval Christians, on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, would share enormous feasts of food and drink; hence the day came to be called “Fat Tuesday” or Mardi Gras. The purpose was to feast on all that was not permitted to be eaten during Lent.
The word "shrove" is the past tense of the English verb "shrive", which means to obtain absolution for one's sins by way of confession and doing penance. In the United Kingdom and many other countries, the day is often known as "Pancake Day". Making and eating such foods was considered a last feast with ingredients such as sugar, fat and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.
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