What do the words "Mardi Gras" mean in French?
Mardi is the French word for Tuesday, and gras means “fat.” In France, the day before Ash Wednesday came to be known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday.” Mardi Gras is a Christian holiday and popular cultural phenomenon that dates back centuries to pagan celebrations of fertility and the season of spring. The name is believed to have come from the practice of eating richer, fatty foods prior to fasting during the Lenten season. The date of Mardi Gras is determined by the date of Easter. Mardi Gras is 47 days before Easter.
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