All About Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras is a festive holiday celebrated all around the world.
Mardi Gras parades often include colourful floats, feathered masks, and lots of food.
The name “Mardi Gras” is French, translating into “Fat Tuesday” in English.
The celebration originated as a religious holiday, marking the day before the Christian tradition of Lent.
Christians would often make pancakes on this day to use up all of the milk, butter, and eggs in their houses.
This became known as Pancake Day, and later as Mardi Gras when people began to celebrate it in France.
Today, Mardi Gras is celebrated by people of all cultures.
In some places— such as New Orleans, Louisiana— the parties and parades can last for two weeks.