Mardi Gras, a day also known as “Fat Tuesday,“ started in the Middle Ages, and is the last day of the Carnival Season. Carnival is a Western Christian and Greek Orthodox festival season that occurs before the liturgical season of Lent, which started this year on January 6.
Mardi Gras is attached to Catholicism and the practice of Lent. Lent consists of the 40 days before Easter when people give up something for Lent. Catholics give up certain luxuries in order to replicate the account of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s journey into the desert. So the people of the Middle Ages decided that they would have a big party before the days of Lent when they would have to give up everything.
Over the years, Mardi Gras has transformed into a big celebration, which starts with a parade. This year Mardi Gras started January 6 and goes through, Fat Tuesday which was March 5.
Mardi Gras came to America through immigrants. French Immigrants settling everywhere from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi River but mostly in New Orleans. The country of France is very Catholic, so after settling in the U.S these immigrants decided they had to bring the Mardi Gras days with them.
Here at Lanphier, about 100 students participated in the celebration days of Mardi Gras.
“We had king cake, I give them beads, and we read about Mardi Gras,” said Ms. Carmen Grendze.
Although most students who participated were involved in the French club. Anyone from LHS was invited to be involved.
“Any student could come in, and I would have given them three of probably the easiest questions about Mardi Gras, and if they got them right, I would hand them beads. Then they would get to make their masks,” replied Ms. Grendze.