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One Last Hoorah! Today: Mardi Gras. Tomorrow: Lent.

Mardi Gras & Lent

Celebrate Mardi Gras today in preparation for Lent to begin tomorrow.

Those unfamiliar with the liturgical calendar of much of the Christian community tend to think of Mardi Gras as an all-out carnival, where everyone lets loose with no thought of the consequences. It might seem a little crazy, then, that Mardi Gras is actually part of the church calendar!

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is traditionally observed as one last day to squeeze in the things you’ll give up for Lent. Traditionally, that meant eating richer foods before the fasting of the Lenten season begins. Fat Tuesday has grown into a major celebration, particularly in areas like New Orleans, but when the clock strikes midnight a quick shift happens.

As a Roman Catholic my siblings and I attended Catholic schools, I raised my four children in the Catholic faith, and they received their sacraments.  Lent is the solemn season in our liturgical calendar.  When my children were still at home, on Fat Tuesday I used to prepare numerous dishes that contained red meat, from tri-tip, to meatballs, to hamburgers, we wanted to get it all in because all of us used to give up red meat during Lent.

The day after Mardi Gras is known as Ash Wednesday, and it marks the beginning of Lent – the period that lasts until Easter. To prepare for Easter, many Christians fast from certain foods or other things they feel they need to step back from during Lent.

Whether you observe the church calendar or not, Mardi Gras is sure to offer some fun celebrations today that can lead into a period of thoughtfulness! Why not take advantage of all of it – from the fun to the focus? The Maria Sanchez Show will be doing the same

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