Mardi Gras comes to an end

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Mardi Gras comes to an end

Lily Eckroth

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The last day of Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday was March 5th, celebrating the last day to eat any type of rich and fatty food before fasting begins for Lent on Ash Wednesday. Starting since January, people all over the world have been a part of Carnival season, a fun filled festive era including several parades, dancing, performances and tons of food. On this special Tuesday, people will eat their favorite types of “fat” foods, the most famous being faschnauts or donuts. Deserts are decorated extravently and eaten by the many followers of the Christian religion around the world.

The very first celebrations of Mardi Gras date back to thousands of years ago in ancient Rome, practiced by Christians. Traditions were created from the Roman festivals of Saturnalia which included several events of masquerading and dancing, closely related to the religion. Mardi Gras eventually spread to other European countries, such as France, Spain, and Germany. Christianity diffused as well and made its way to the Americas, and more specifically brought Mardi Gras to the city of New Orleans. The Carnival scene is still very prevalent in Louisiana with events of marching bands, rolling floats colorful costumes,throwing beads and other trinkets, wearing masks, decorating floats and eating King Cake.

Today Mardi Gras is a popular holiday, celebrated by many people around the world. Several people participate in this fun filled event by dressing up and joining the crowds in the streets. They are colored in gold, purple, and green to show their involvement in the practices of the holiday. In America, New Orleans is the ultimate place to go for this event because of their many traditions and week long activities.

Within the walls of MASH, many of the foreign language classes teachers taught the students about the history and importance of Mardi Gras. On Tuesday March 5th, several classes got to celebrate and understand the holiday and its relation to different areas of the world. The idea of eating desserts and fatty foods was celebrated in the classes. Mardi Gras was demonstrated as a very diverse and historical holiday to the students.

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