On Tuesday February 13 people all around the globe will celebrate Mardi Gras, which is French and translates to Fat Tuesday, and is also known as Shrove Tuesday. Mardi Gras marks the final day before Lent, which is a period of sacrifice and fasting beginning on Ash Wednesday in the Catholic and Anglican churches. Because Lent is a period of self deprivation and sacrifice, Mardi Gras came about as almost a last supper. People tend to eat rich, fatty foods and consume alcohol. It is a final celebration of indulgence prior to this solemn season.
Mardi Gras, to some, is not just one day but a season. This season, to some, begins on Twelfth Night, or Epiphany, the last night of Christmas on January 6. Some cities, such as New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro, will hold hugely popular parades in celebration. To many, the holiday has become a secular celebration of drinking and wild behavior.
The traditional colors associated with Mardi Gras are: Purple for justice, gold for power, and green for faith. King cakes are popular dessert items for Mardi Gras. King cakes are oc=val shaped cakes in which a small baby doll is hidden, representing Jesus Christ. Other traditional foods for Mardi Gras include pancakes and gumbo.