Everybody loves a good party. And what is usually brought to a party? Lots and lots of food. Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, a day better known as Mardi Gras and one that is meant to be a sort of “final feast” before the fasting season begins. It marks the last day of the “Carnival” season, which is characterized by music, dancing, parades, and nights you can’t quite remember. Even though the holiday can be celebrated everywhere, it’s a huge deal on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The whole day is dedicated to festivities, food and drink. One particular tradition involves the infamous Mardi Gras beads… And we’ll leave it at that.
For many Christians it’s also the day before the fasting season of Lent. It’s the best time to let loose and eat everything, because chances are you’re not going to be able to indulge for the next 40 days. Not only that, but Christians also have to give up something they like. What are you giving up for Lent? Social Media? Snacks? Swearing? Good luck!