Mardi Gras Essay

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Mardi Gras

This paper is about Mardi Gras, A festival or Carnival

celebrated once a year. In this paper I will discuss how

Mardi Gras originated, when it is celebrated, how it is

celebrated, and what does it mean to all the different

cultures.

Mardi Gras, in the French speaking parts of the world

and in some US southern states is the last day of carnival

festivities preceding Lent, the time of penitence observed

by Christians in preparation for Easter. Mardi Gras (?Fat

Tuesday?) is a French term for Shrove Tuesday, the day

before the start of Lent. Before Lent festivities reach the

climax on a day in February or March, depending on what

date Easter is.(Americana pg. 308)

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The holiday is related to the coming

of a New Year. (The Folklore of American Holidays pg. 84-97)

In England, football games were played on shrove

Tuesday, ritualistic contests embodying the conflict

between winter and summer, darkness and light , death and

rebirth. Traditional food for this holiday includes thick

soups of pigs feet, beans, peas, and pancakes. In fact

?Pancake Day? is another name for Shrove Tuesday.

Carnival season begins on Twelfth Night and ends at

Midnight on Mardi Gras.(The Folklore of American Holidays pg. 84-97)

Mardi Gras goes back to an ancient Roman custom of

merry making before a period of fast. In Germany Mardi

Gras is called Fastnacht. In England it is called pancake

day or pancake Tuesday.(World Book 2000 pg. 197)

Around1820 a group of Creole youths, returning to

New Orleans from Paris, decided to liven things up in the

continental style with a masked procession of substantial

size. They appeared in the streets in every variety of

costume while women leaned over galleries to throw roses

and bonbons. (The Folklore of American Holidays pg.84-97)

In 1857, the date usually given as the beginning of the

Mardi Gras, a new organization was formed. It was to

present a parade with floats and torch lights. The

organization called itself ?The Mystic Krewe of Comus,?

and it put on a parade of two floats: one carrying a King,
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