Last Updated on Friday, 02 March 2012 11:35
Written by Eat Katy
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:49
Though some of us aren't lucky enough to be in New Orleans today, there's no reason why we can't celebrate Mardi Gras with them! Literally speaking, Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday. This day is considered the last night that one can indulge in eating richer, fatty foods before we begin the ritual fasting that takes place during Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday... tomorrow!! The day is also called Shrove Tuesday (from the word shrive meaning to confess), a day supposedly used to confess your sins before entering the Lenten season.
These days the term Mardi Gras is simply associated with celebration, particularly in New Orleans, but also all across the US. The fantastic spectacle of beads, masks and floats in the parade may not take place here, but there are many bars and eateries that celebrate in their own way, offering special menus for the occasion as well as drink specials for those wanting to imbibe.
So celebrate Mardi Gras today and treat yourself to a wonderful meal or drinks with friends. After all, we may have to give it up tomorrow!