Mardi Gras

Who’s up for a carnival? Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French, and it’s thanks to the decadent feasts enjoyed before the traditional Christian lent that goes on during the Epiphany — the commemoration of the Magi visiting child Christ. Mardi Gras extends for weeks, from Epiphany (King’s Day) to Ash Wednesday, usually between the second week of January to the end of February. Still, the real party goes on three days before Ash Wednesday!

Mardi Gras is celebrated differently in every country, but New Orleans hosts the most famous celebration, in which parties and carnivals dress the city with color, music and dancing. Of course, gifting sweet treats, beaded bracelets and other flashy remembrances is not only common but encouraged!