Festival facts: Mardi Gras

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Colourful parades, exotic costumes and pulsating music set the scene for this lively annual festival

Mardi Gras

What is Mardi Gras?

‘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. It is not essentially a religious festival but has its roots in the day known by Christians as Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day).

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  1. mellonie
    on 14 February 2012

    Festival facts: Mardi Gras

    very interesting and easily modified to suit pre-schoolers, thanks

    4out of 5