Monday, February 8, 2010
Mardi Gras Feb. 16th 2010
The official colors for Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. These colors were chosen in 1872 by the King of Carnival, Rex. He chose these colors to stand for the following:
•Purple represents justice
•green stands for faith
•gold stands for power
WHEN IS MARDI GRAS?
Future Dates for Fat Tuesday:
Occurring on any Tuesday from February 3 through March 9, Mardi Gras is tied to Easter, which falls on the first Sunday after the full moon following the Spring Equinox.
Although Church fathers established Easter as a movable holiday in 325, it wasn't until 1582, under Pope Gregory XIII, that Mardi Gras became a holiday on the Christian calendar—on the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent.
The underlying reasoning was to have all the foolishness and indulgence be finished when it came time to start atoning and fasting. As the climax of Carnival and a traditional day of feasting—as symbolized by the ritual slaughter of a fatted bull or ox (boeuf gras)—the celebration came to be kinown as Fat Tuesday, or as French would say, Mardi Gras.
Also sometimes referred to as Carnival Day, Mardi Gras is always scheduled 47 days preceding Easter (the 40 days of Lent plus seven Sundays).
Also, to see more post on Mardi Gras' please refere to the labels on 'Mardi Gras', such as King cakes and history.