This is how we celebrate Mardi Gras in St. Pete-sun on our faces & sand beneath our toes. Sunny & 72 degrees!
As they say in New Orleans, where unfortunately it is a bit colder & wetter today, “Laissez les bons temps rouler”!
Mardi Gras refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, that begin on or after the Epiphany or Kings day and end on the day before Ash Wednesday (March 5th this year). Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, or the last night to eat rich & fatty foods, including meat, before fasting during the Lenten season.
Mardi Gras celebrations date all the way back to Medieval Europe. In New Orleans, however, it became more. Here Mardi Gras blended the Catholic traditions with some French traditions, African music and, of course, the masquerade celebrations. And voila, you have a wonderful blend called Louisiana Creole French. In Medieval Europe the masks were worn so one could not tell who you were & what part of society you belonged to. It was first celebrated in New Orleans in 1699 and by the 1730s, the celebration became what we now know as Mardi Gras. In 1875, it became an official holiday in Louisiana.
Pancakes became a good way to use up those “rich” foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar before fasting for the 40 days of Lent. One is supposed to eat plain food and not eat any food that would give pleasure during Lent. Pancake Day is a traditional way to start off Mardi Gras in the USA, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand. Many countries eat some form of doughy pastry to start their Fat Tuesday. Don’t forget to eat a big slice of King Cake today too.
Purple, green and gold are the traditional Mardi Gras colors, which were chosen in 1872 to honor a visiting Russian grand duke, whose family colors were purple, green and gold. Now purple stands for justice, green for faith and gold for power.
SOOOO Bring out your purple, green & gold AND Let the good times roll today & all of 2014 for you!