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The Real Mardi Gras
Conservative Tree House, by Sundance

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Posted By:JoniTx, 2/13/2018 12:31:04 PM

Debauchery. Bacchanalia. Floats, costumes, beads and masks, and lots of drinking and partying. That’s what we think of when we hear the term Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday.There is a lot more behind it. Also called Shrove Tuesday, it marks the last day of the liturgical calendar before Lent begins. After Catholicism spread throughout Europe, many cultures celebrated the final day before Lent began in ways unique to that individual culture. eggs, and milk were finished off in one day, giving rise to the term Fat Tuesday. In Poland, such things as lard, sugar, eggs, and fruit were forbidden during


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Udanja99, 2/13/2018 12:39:48 PM     (No. 11542396)

I give up all sweets, which is a real struggle because I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth. (Life is uncertain, eat dessert first!) Today I’m finishing off the honey roasted peanuts, the chocolate and the pecan pralines. It’s going to be a looooooong 40 days!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Smart11344, 2/13/2018 12:46:43 PM     (No. 11542402)

I have never been to New Orleans. Never will. The thought of Mardi Gras makes me shutter.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: oldmagnolia, 2/13/2018 12:47:03 PM     (No. 11542403)

I give up the New Year´s resolution. Just kidding. In some countries is called Carnaval or Carnevale which in latin means Carne (meat) Vale (going) so, something like the meat goes away. It makes sense.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jlw509, 2/13/2018 12:53:43 PM     (No. 11542412)

When I was a small child in Erie, PA 60 years ago, everybody got their ashes on Ash Wednesday, Catholics or not. It was just the thing. And a good reminder that we are mortl and had best be prepared to meet our Judge and Maker. Because you never know...

Still, it´s strange that it comes on Valentines Day this year:

"Remember, Valentine, that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return."

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Reply 5 - Posted by: qwerty, 2/13/2018 1:06:53 PM     (No. 11542425)

Just a thought.
Go to the parade, drink to excess, party hearty, engage in all sorts of debauchery, knowing (or at least thinking) you´ll have 40 days to repent. On the way back to where you´re staying just at 11:59 p.m. you´re involved in a fatal crash and you´re the "fatal". What do you say to St. Peter when he opens the book of judgement?
I had good intentions.
I really was gonna repent.
A case of the eternal whoops.
I happened to be there once in 1979, yeah it´s rather "interesting"

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Reply 6 - Posted by: belwhatter, 2/13/2018 1:36:18 PM     (No. 11542447)

#4,it is all to do with moon. Since Easter is a moveable feast, Lent and Easter are early this year, their dates are related to the phase of the moon. St. Valentine´s day falls on the 14th come what may. Be a little temperate with the indulgences of the day, Valentine was one of the good guys and espousing loving one another is important to our Lord.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 2/13/2018 2:10:12 PM     (No. 11542482)

I am a Texan and non-Catholic living in Louisiana. I abhor Mardi Gras!
I don´t understand why the priests don´t speak out about the turning of a "religious event" into debauchery and evil that is unparalleled during the rest of the year. If they had any concern about their congregations´ sin, they would tell them to just skip both lent and Mardi Gras. Surely they don´t think the drunkeness, nudity and sex in public... gets all cleared up by giving up chocolate for a few days! God would surely say, "just keep your pants on and eat your chocolate".

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Reply 8 - Posted by: tank, 2/13/2018 5:51:37 PM     (No. 11542718)

Regardless, I still think I´ll go tile a couple of pints tonight and see some Dixieland.

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