Mardi Gras Fun Facts are a great way to teach kids, students, and adults about Mardi Gras. Put them on flash cards for the kids to guess the answer or put them in photo frames at a party for a great conversation piece.
What is the meaning of Mardi Gras?
Its French meaning “Fat Tuesday.” Some say the term means the over-indulgences of the day. While others believe the word "fat" refers to a fattened ox that was paraded through town before being sacrificed at a mid-winter, pagan fertility celebration. It is also is believed to be a reward for surviving harsh winters.
What is Mardi Gras celebrating?
Mardi Gras commemorates the activity of preparation for the observance of Lent. This commemoration or observance reminds us of the coming of Lent, and the reflection of the past years of life.
When was the first celebration of Mardi Gras?
Mardi Gras in America was actually begun in Mobile, Alabama in 1703
Where else is Mardi Gras celebrated?
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Bolivia, Caribbean Islands, Alabama, Texas, Venice Italy, Spain, and Germany
Was Mardi Gras ever cancelled?
Mardi Gras was cancelled from 1862 to 1865 because of the Civil War.
What is a doubloon?
It is a coin created by Alvin Sharpe as a symbol of the krewe’s. It is usually at every parade.
What are the Mardi Gras colors?
Green, Purple and Gold
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