Celebrating Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras, which in French translates as Fat Tuesday, is a period of celebration before the fasting season of Lent. Mardi Gras is also known as Pancake Tuesday, since pancakes fall into the category of a heavy food that many eat as they prepare to go without during their time of fasting.
This year Mardi Gras will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 25 with Ash Wednesday following the next day.
Some take advantage of the last day before their fasting begins by celebrating with decadent festivals and foods. New Orleans, Louisiana is the central location of Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States. New Orleans is known for its extravagant parades and costumes which last for about two weeks before the Lenten season begins.
The traditional colors often associated with the décor of Mardi Gras are green, gold and purple. It is unknown why exactly these colors were chosen, other than for possible aesthetic appeal. It has been said though that purple represents justice, green represents faith and gold represents power.