What Is The History Of Fat Tuesday ?
Fat Tuesday is the day for revelry. It is also known as Mardi Gras, which is a French word which literally translates to Fat Tuesday. This is a day that falls one day prior to Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. This period of penance and piety lasts for 40 days.
If you are interested in the history of Fat Tuesday, then ready on.
According to some historians, Fat Tuesday began before Christianity became prevalent. It was an event that was celebrated every year to mark the onset of spring. As per the American Catholic Organization, Fat Tuesday was the additional day added to the calendar to align the lunar calendar with the solar calendar. Hence, this day was considered to be unrestricted and people used to indulge in revelry. There are still other experts who believe that Fat Tuesday was a pagan celebration to honor the god of the natural world and during this celebration the deities of the woodlands and the satyrs indulged in boisterous and unruly behavior.
However, as Christianity took roots, Fat Tuesday was celebrated as a day of revelry and indulgence, so that people could comfortably fast during the strict season of Lent. It was a day that was marked with feasts, unrestrained behavior and drinking, much like what people indulge in today when Mardi Gras or carnival is celebrated on this day.
The credit for bringing Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras onto the soils of America rests solely on a French explorer named Sieur d'Lberville. He brought this celebration to America in the year 1699 and it first began in modern-day New Orleans. The celebrations received further impetus by the students who went to study in Paris and then returned to their homeland. It was around 1827 that the famous Mardi Gras Ball began, while the popular Torchlight Parade started in the year 1857.
In modern times, Fat Tuesday is considered to be the last day when people can give into vices before fasting and praying during Lent season where they repent their sins and remember the sacrifice of Christ.
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