Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fat Tuesday (Gras Mardi)

I'm going out soon to eat pancakes, a traditional Fat Tuesday practice.  Donuts are also a traditional Mardi Gras practice in some culture.  How about miniature tangerines for Mardi Gras!  My tree is producing plenty.  I must say, though, their taste is more suited to Lent than the feasting beforehand.
Plenty of cultures celebrate Mardi Gras in a much more elaborate way with parties and fantastic parades.  When I visited San Juan, Puerto Rico, a few years ago, I was surprised that their celebration of "Three Kings" (Epiphany) lasted a long time and ran right into Mardi Gras, weeks before Ash Wednesday. 
Feasting is more a part of our Catholic tradition than fasting.

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