Celebrate Fat Tuesday!

Jody Collup

In the past I always just went along for the ride in the various Fat Tuesday celebrations going on around me, not realizing any of the significance of it.  So this morning my friend, the internet, helped me realize it’s more than just another party.

The most common definition of Fat Tuesday is a carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday (the last day before Lent) but especially in New Orleans.  So, basically, it’s  one last party before being extra good for a period of time.  As a part of the overall Mardi Gras celebration marked by fun costumes, bright colors, merrymaking and processions, it all sounds good to me.

But I have to say, it was fascinating to read about the history of this particular celebration and see that it’s origins date back thousands of years ago to France and Italy.  And then how the same celebration reached the Caribbean – taking on an entirely different meaning. I encourage you to take a moment on your break to day and use your favorite search engine to gain some insight to the celebration.  You won’t be disappointed.

Whether you find a way to celebrate Fat Tuesday or not, it’s definitely an excuse to splurge on the diet and eat some sugary goodness known as King Cake.  And oh, that baby in your slice means you buy the next one!

Cheers and have a great day!


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