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History of Mardi Gras

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Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Masks designMardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday, is a Carnival celebration that starts after King’s Day and comes to an end before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent which is 40 days before Easter. The precise date varies by year, same as Easter, and it is a very important holiday for Catholic European countries. It is a time is for people to enjoy eating foods typically given up during the fasting period, mostly breads and pastries, as well as other activities not permitted during Lent. One of the most popular holiday treats is the King Cake, a large cinnamon roll that can sometimes have a small plastic baby hidden on the inside. Whoever finds the baby is the next King or Queen and gets all sorts of privileges during festivities. Depending on where you are, the plastic baby might be a representation of Jesus. Pancakes are also a traditional Mardi Gras food.

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