Fat Tuesday – February 13
Fat Tuesday is February 13, 2018 is the day before Ash Wednesday.
- It is also known as Mardi Gras Day or Shrove Day.
- It is the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent for Christians.
- It’s the pinnacle of Mardi Gras celebrations. Fat Tuesday is always 47 days before Easter.
Mardi Gras was born from an ancient Roman pagan festival, Lupercalia. Lupercalia was a carnival-like celebration held in February that was similar to Mardi Gras celebrations held today. As the Romans began to embrace Christianity, the church sought to incorporate existing celebrations rather than eliminate them, with the reasoning that doing so would make the new faith easier for the public to accept. Lupercalia became a sort of last hurrah before Lent, the Christian period of self-denial beginning with Ash Wednesday and leading up to Easter.
Depending on where you’re from, the fried foods traditionally eaten on Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, range from the sweet — like doughnuts and King Cake — to the savory — like fried Po’Boys. In the UK, Fat Tuesday is Pancake Day, and in Poland, it’s Paczki Day — which refers to the jelly-filled doughnuts they eat.
Ever wonder about the history of the official Mardi Gras colors?
According to mardigrasneworleans.com, Rex selected the official Mardi Gras colors in 1872. The 1892 Rex Parade theme Symbolism of Colors gave meaning to the colors.
Purple Represents Justice. Green Represents Faith. And Gold Represents Power.
According to the website, Mardi Gras colors influenced the choice of school colors for arch rivals Louisiana State University and Tulane University.
They say when LSU was deciding on its colors, the shops in New Orleans had stocked up on purple, green, and gold material for the Mardi Gras season. LSU decided upon purple and gold, and bought much of it. Tulane bought much of the only remaining color — green!