Mardi Gras, which literally translates to “Fat Tuesdays”, has grown in popularity in recent years as a raucous, sometimes hedonistic event. But its roots lie in the Christian calendar, as the “last hurrah” before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. That is why the enormous party in New Orleans. And, this party ends abruptly at midnight on Tuesday. Battalions of street sweepers push crowds out of the French Quarter towards home.
The French in New Orleans celebrated Mardis Gras with masked balls and parties, until the Spanish government took over in the mid-1700s and banned the celebrations. The ban continued even after the U.S. government acquired the land but the celebrations resumed in 1827. The official colors of Mardi Gras, with their roots in Catholicism, were chosen 10 years later; purple, a symbol of justice; green, representing faith; and gold, to signify power. To read more go here.
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