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Mardi Gras


  • It refers to events of the Carnival celebration, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday (known as Shrove Tuesday)

Nicknames:Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday

 What is Mardi Gras? / Facts   

  • Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday", reflecting the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season


  • Related popular practices are associated with Shrovetide celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent
  • In countries such as the United Kingdom, Mardi Gras is also known as Shrove Tuesday, which is derived from the word shrive, meaning "to administer the sacrament of confession to; to absolve"

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