Mardi Gras Around the World No Giving Up the Parties

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Mardi Gras, meaning "Fat Tuesday" in French, serves as the festive prelude to Lent, a Christian period of fasting. In English-speaking regions, it's referred to as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. Traditionally, this day provided an opportunity to enjoy foods forbidden during Lent, such as eggs, butter, meat, and fish. Pancakes became a popular choice to utilize these ingredients. While Lent commemorates Jesus' period of fasting, Mardi Gras may have originated from pagan or Roman festivals. Contemporary celebrations are more secular, with a focus on extravagant parties. New Orleans stands out as the Mardi Gras epicenter, commencing lively festivities in early January, highlighted by vibrant parades during Carnival season. Rio de Janeiro hosts another prominent Carnival, drawing over a million participants. Venice, Quebec, and Germany are also known for their lively Carnival celebrations.


1- What is the historical significance of pancakes on Mardi Gras?

2- What is the focus of contemporary Mardi Gras celebrations?

3- Apart from New Orleans, which other location hosts a prominent Carnival attracting over a million participants?


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Parts of this lesson are based on: An article Engoo Daily News.