Festival facts: Mardi Gras
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Colourful parades, exotic costumes and pulsating music set the scene for this lively annual festival
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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