Top Ten Must Know Facts About Mardi Gras
If you are a newbie to any Mardi Gras celebration, here are the top ten facts you must know about Mardi Gras!
10. Mardi is the French word for Tuesday. Gras means fat. Mardi Gras = Fat Tuesday.
9. Mardi Gras is actually a day of preparing for the Lenten season which starts on Ash Wednesday. It really is to reflect on the past year before observing 40 days of Lent. In the Middle Ages, the Catholic church indicated that the days during Lent no meat was to be consumed. Only fish was allowed. So, “Fat Tuesday” was name this basically because people would eat the last of their meat because if it wasn’t eaten, it would have to be discarded.
8. The official colors of Mardi Gras are:
Purple which signifies justice.
Green which represents faith.
Gold which stands for power.
7. Mardi Gras is full of events that are organized by krewes (private clubs). The oldest krewe is the Krewe of Comus. This group was formed in 1857 by men who were afraid that all the antics of Mardi Gras may force the celebration to be outlawed. (Remember, this was in 1857!)
6. One of the most popular Mardi Gras traditions is the King Cake. A plastic baby is baked inside the coffee cake. The person who finds the baby will supposedly have good luck for the next year, and in turn will supply the King Cake for the next year.
5. Any beads that are shorter then two feet are unacceptable, UNLESS they are made of glass.
4. The Captain of the Krewe is more important than the King.
3. Carnival is not Mardi Gras. It is the season. Mardi Gras is only one day.
2. Mardi Gras is a legal holiday in Louisiana.
1. Many items may be thrown during a parade, however A Zulu coconut is probably the highest prized throw in Mardi Gras. They are hand painted coconuts and if you’re lucky enough to get one you get bragging rights.
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