Mardi Gras Cocktail Recipes
Mardi Gras 2016 February 9th.
In new Orleans it is Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. In other cities in the world it is Carnival. Venice, Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paulo are some of the biggest Carnival celebrations. This Festival has it's roots in the Pagan festival Saturnalia which was adapted to chritianity. Carnival/Mardi Gras is the last day of indulging before the christian fast that follows (Ash Wednesday until Easter). This Year 2012 will land on Tuesday February 21st. The word Carnival comes from Carnelevre/Carnevare which in essence means to give up eating meat. Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday meaning a last day to gourge before the fast. Mardi Gras is the day before Ash Wednesday. The Tuesday can also be calculated by counting 46 days before Easter Sunday. Because Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon that follows the Spring equinox. Crazy but it keeps us on our toes. Hey, just check out our chart to the left.
Carnival and Madi Gras celebrations vary in each city, with parades and events lasting as long as a month or as short as a week.