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History of Mardi Gras Celebrations

Although many present-day celebrations represent an integration of pagan and Christian traditions, Mardi Gras may be the most interesting - given that the two influences are still very distinct. The origin of the revelry dates back to ancient celebrations of spring and fertility, but when Rome adopted Christianity, the popular holiday collided with people of faith. In order to appease everyone, the wild debauchery of the early festivals became a preparation of sorts for Lent, the 40 days of penance between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.  Because Lent required fasting of all but fish, people would feast on all of the meat, eggs, milk, and cheese they had in their homes on the day prior to Ash Wednesday, inspiring the name "Mardi Gras", translated "Fat Tuesday".  The word “carnival,”, also closely related to Mardi Gras festivities, is similarly rooted in Christian tradition. In early Latin, carnelevarium means to take away meat - hence the fasting of lent.  Read More about History of Mardi Gras Celebrations »
Posted by campbellsflowers on February 8, 2017 | Last Updated: July 5, 2018 Floral Design Flowers Holidays