Celebrate Mardi Gras with a masked dance
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By Jenni Tavenerearly years teacher and writer

Original article published 26 September 2007

Decorate masks and record percussion music for a Mardi Gras dance


‘Mardi Gras’ translates literally from French as ‘Fat Tuesday’. It is a day when foods that contain fat, particularly meat, eggs and dairy products, are eaten up in preparation for the period of fasting known as Lent. Mardi Gras has today become synonymous with the exciting carnivals and parades held throughout the world. This celebration is a time of excitement and merrymaking prior to what is, for some, a quiet time of reflection and penitence. It is characterised by colourful parades, exotic costumes, dancing music and community involvement – all that goes to make a carnival day to remember for the whole year (read this ‘Festival Facts’ article to find out more about Mardi Gras).

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