Mardi Gras around the globe
Mardi Gras marks the season before Lent, when austere self-denial is the rule, and folks party down in a burst of normally out-of-bounds behavior that can last anywhere from a few days to a few months. It’s celebrated all over the world — in different forms, under different names and at different times — but everywhere in the same spirit of sanctioned abandon.
Text by Kris Collingridge | Photo editing by Connie Ricca
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We should have a Burning of the Bad Mood once a week.
In some cities jails should be filled with those grumpy advocates of hard work and those pillars of virtue who appear out of nowhere to strike terror into parents and educators.
Like soothsayers of old these men and women ward off imaginary evils within our diets,our media,our government,our neighborhoods.
The statisticians maintain their perch atop our insurance industry,and dictate all actions according to entrails of actuarial tables.
One day one food or drink causes illness,the next week further studies reveal this healthy virtue becomes a necessity for a long and prosperous life.
It reminds one of the main beneficiaries of the inate fears,the astrologers who can nurture almost any disaster with the stars.
"Mardi Gras" (pron.: ), "Mardi Gras season", and "Carnival season", in English, refer to events of the celebrations, beginning on or after and culminating on the day before . Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the season, which begins on . The day is sometimes referred to as , from the word , meaning "." Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the season of .
Intentional gluttony and revelry, followed by a planned period of repentance, solitude, and fasting?.........."we played the flute for you Father, but you did not dance".
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