Mardi Gras New Orleans: The fantasy


Mardi gras is an event and (or) carnival that happens on or after the Christian festival of epiphany. Mardi Gras always on Tuesday and is also called Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday. That Tuesday is the last day before the lent days and the next day is the Ash Wednesday. Thus, the Tuesday represents the end of the feast season and is the last day of Shrovetide.

Note: Ash Wednesday – Christian holy day of prayers and fasting

Mardi Gras New Orleans
Mardi Gras New Orleans

History

Some say that the carnival can be traced based on the Pagan period of Rome (100 BC). Mardi Gras has been compared to the Pagan festival of fertility and Spring season commencement. There is a hypothesis that when Christianity was introduced as a new religion in Rome, the existing Pagan festivals were incorporated by the newer one. Thus, Mardi Gras spread across the globe as Christianity grew.

Mardi Gras in the US

When is Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras doesn’t have a fixed date for the celebration. It all depends on Easter. We know that the date of the Easter varies and can never happen before March 22 or after April 25 every year.

Hence Mardi Gras doesn’t have a fixed day. But it always happens on a Tuesday (Fat Tuesday). It usually happens 47 days before Easter. So, it happens on a Tuesday between Feb 3 and March 9. Interestingly, Mardi Gras lands on Feb 3 (or) March 9 only once in a lifetime (100 to 150 years).

Read more: Learn how the Easter date is fixed

Mardi Gras New Orleans couple
Mardi Gras couple all dressed up for the Carnival

What happens at Mardi Gras ?

Mardi Gras happens in multiple countries across the globe. The most famous one is the carnival that happens in New Orleans (Mardi Gras in New Orleans), Louisiana. The city lies on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Its nickname is “Big Easy”. Round the clock nightlife, vibrant music and spicy cuisine, reflecting the melting pot of modern American culture (French, African, American).

Mardi gras is all about having fun. The most important thing to remember is that Mardi Gras is a family-based Carnival. So, people visit the carnival with their families. Therefore flashing for beads or other favours might result in arrests.

What to expect: Parades, Floats, Beautiful beads, music, toys, food

See more about the carnival by following the link: New Orleans Mardi Gras