MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why is it called Fat Tuesday?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why is it called Fat Tuesday?

Today is March 1st. It’s also Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday! But why do we call it that?

Traditionally Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. Which is the start of Lent in western religions like Roman Catholic and Protestant. The idea was that people would eat all the meat and fatty foods they could on that day since they won’t be able to for the next few weeks once Lent starts. Hence the name… Fat Tuesday!

It is also Mardi Gras down in New Orleans. This year is the first time in 2 years (because of the pandemic) that they’ve been able to party in the streets with the real parade.

Cheers!

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