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.